New research shows that the British population are unclear about the symptoms of one of the most common eye conditions and are delaying treatment due to a number of unfounded myths.
In fact a medical study has revealed that 88% of people with cataracts were not receiving treatment or even in touch with eye health specialists.
- Cataracts are the most common cause of treatable blindness, and estimates suggest that cataracts accounted for around 20 million cases of blindness worldwide in 2010
- Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure, with over 330,000 cases performed each year in England alone
- Cataract surgery is the third most common procedure carried out in hospital by the NHS, with only live births and cardiac treatments accounting for more
- A UK study which randomly sampled 1547 people 65 years of age and older for visually impairing cataracts in one or both eyes found visually impairing cataracts in 30% of people older than 65 years of age (a further 10% had already undergone cataract surgery in one or both eyes)
Lack of awareness of symptoms
Research undertaken for specialist eye hospital group, Optegra Eye Health Care, shows that despite 40 per cent of British adults being worried about cataracts affecting their vision, there is very low awareness of the symptoms:
- 13% do not know any of the symptoms
- Only 17% recognised double vision as a symptom
- 33% identified poor vision in bright light
- 53% identified blurred vision
In addition, further research revealed that:
- Only 25% of adults recognised that one of the main symptoms of a cataract is glare from lights
- Only 26% realised that it is more difficult to see in the dark if you have cataracts
Optegra offers treatment with the very latest technology, ensuring precise and accurate cataract treatment with lenses tailored for your own eyes.
Femtosecond laser technology is used as part of the cataract or lens replacement package because it is proven, precise and tailored specifically for individual eyes. Femtosecond laser technology allows the surgeon to precisely place laser pulses that effectively soften the lens for removal and ensure the appropriate condition for the optimum lens placement, helping to restore vision and eliminate any existing cataract.
Patients with private medical insurance who are having a cataract procedure may wish to ‘upgrade’ to the refractive lens exchange package, and the insurer may cover the cataract cost. Each insurer is different however, so it is important to speak with them before commencing your treatment.
To find out about the most common cataracts symptoms, read more here.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of cataracts, you may not have cataracts and your vision problems could be a result of other eye conditions. We would highly recommend that you book a personal consultation with one of our Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons to discuss your concerns and have a thorough eye assessment.
Call us free on 0808 168 7195 to arrange a consultation at your nearest Optegra eye hospital.