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  • Posted October 16, 2019

This May Be One Of The Most Important Benefits Of Having Cataract Surgery

https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertglatter/2019/10/13/this-may-be-one-of-the-most-important-benefits-of-getting-cataract-surgery/#26addd6154a6

This May Be One Of The Most Important Benefits Of Having Cataract Surgery

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Robert Glatter, MDContributor 
Healthcare
I cover breaking news in medicine, med tech and public health.

The decision to have cataract surgery is often delayed.

While many people may detect subtle changes in the sharpness of their vision, it’s often not until vision is significantly compromised that many people finally decide to have the surgery.

With this in mind, it’s a well-accepted fact that cataract surgery can restore vision: not only improved color vision, but also night vision, with many people not needing their glasses any longer.  

So how can you measure or quantify improvement in the quality of vision?

One way is to see the real-world effects of visual impairment.

Researchers in Australia decided to utilize a driving simulator to evaluate patients' vision before and after cataract surgery.

Today In: Innovation

The results were impressive: Near-misses and crashes dropped by as much as 48% after surgery.

The research was presented today at AAO 2019, the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.