Cataract Surgery: Improving Vision and Improving Life

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Cataract surgery can not only allow you to live your best life, but it has been proven to actually help you live longer.

What is a cataract?

Cataracts occur when the natural lens in your eye, which is usually clear, becomes cloudy. This process happens naturally over time. By age 80 over half of all Americans have cataracts or have had cataract surgery, according to the National Eye Institute. Cataracts result in blurred or cloudy vision, dim or less vibrant colors, difficulty driving at night and light sensitivity. The only way to restore vision that has been affected by cataracts is through cataract surgery, which is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States. In a previous blog, we discuss answers to your most common cataract surgery questions, you can find that blog here.

Live longer with cataract surgery.

A recent study published by JAMA Ophthalmology* examined 74,044 women with an average age of 71, who had cataracts. 41,735 of those women underwent cataract surgery. The results showed that cataract surgery reduced the risk of dying early by 60% for all causes of death. The study went even further finding a 37% – 69% lower chance of dying from an accident, cancer or lung and heart disease. Dr. Chu was on KARE 11 discussing cataract surgery and this study. You can view the KARE 11 video here.


Live better with cataract surgery.

Not only can cataract surgery prolong your life, it can also improve your life. If you have cataracts, you might find that you are unable to enjoy your favorite activities as you have in the past and life might seem less vibrant. Cataract surgery can give you back the freedom to enjoy your life to the fullest. With advanced lens options and laser-assisted cataract surgery, you could even reduce your dependency on contacts and glasses.

A Chu Vision Institute patient, Sandra, had cataract surgery and was surprised by her improved vision when she opened her eyes saying, “oh my god, I can see!” It had been a long time since Sandra could see clearly and after cataract surgery, she noticed a big change in her vision while driving. To watch Sandra speak about her cataract surgery experience at Chu Vision Institute, view the video below.

Find your true north with New Vision.

Dr. Ralph Chu LASIK surgeon Minneapolis Ophthalmologists

Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu is a fellowship-trained corneal specialist and a nationally recognized leader in refractive and cataract procedures. His specialty areas include cataract, LASIK, cornea, and minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries for patients in the Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Twin Cities areas.

Posted on October 9, 2022

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