During Cataract Awareness Month, YourSightMatters.comasked their readers to participate in their National Vision Survey in order to better understand cataract perception and awareness. Here is just a snapshot of what they gathered from the National Vision Survey.
According to the survey, of the five senses, sight was determined as the most important. About two-thirds of survey participants have been diagnosed with cataracts or have had them removed. Most of the respondents were over 65 and by age 75, about 70 percent of people will have cataracts.
Many participants have not had cataract surgery yet, or have not been diagnosed with cataracts. They also have not been to the eye doctor in a while. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmologists, by age 65, one in three Americans will have a vision-impairing eye disease. The earlier these are discovered and treatment begins, the better the chance of preserving good vision.
Click here to check out the rest of the results of the National Vision Survey.