June 12, 2019
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June is Cataract Awareness Month

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Prevent Blindness has declared June to be Cataract Awareness Month, an initiative aimed at raising awareness of and advocating for education on cataract risk factors, symptoms and treatments.

The number of Americans with cataract is expected to be 38.5 million by 2032 and 45.6 million by 2050, according to the organization.

“Cataract is highly treatable with early detection and access to quality eye care services,” Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness, said in a press release. “We encourage everyone to make healthy vision a priority today to preserve it for years to come.”

In May, Healio.com/OSN covered the annual American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery meeting in San Diego, where the most recent cataract surgery research was presented.

Here are the most-viewed cataract-related articles and videos from that meeting:


Non-fragmentation phaco technique removes soft cataracts

The new RAPID procedure has a short learning curve, a fair degree of reproducibility, a high safety profile and can be performed by surgeons of all levels of expertise, Shruti Mahajan, MS, said. Read more.

Photofragmentation technique minimizes endothelial cell loss

Use of a nanosecond laser during cataract surgery causes minimal intraocular trauma and imparts very low energy into the eye. Read more.

Preoperative anxiety portends pain during cataract surgery

Patients with preoperative anxiety are at greater risk of feeling pain during cataract surgery, according to a study. Read more.

Treating dry eye before cataract surgery improves outcomes

Dry eye signs and symptoms, as well as higher-order aberrations, improved in patients scheduled for cataract surgery when treated preoperatively with Xiidra, according to a speaker. Read more.

VIDEO: Novel IOL seeks to provide near, intermediate, distance vision

Uday Devgan, MD, discusses the Juvene IOL from LensGen, which has been implanted in 95 eyes in the clinical trial to date. The unique design of the IOL aims to provide 3 D to 4 D of visual range without visual disturbances. Watch here.