VisionWatch report shows cataract surgery rates to increase yearly
The Vision Council’s 2019 VisionWatch Cataract Report conducted in December indicated that cataract procedures would increase annually over the next several years.
The report measured changes in consumer behavior related to vision and vision correction after cataract surgery, the group said in a press release.
The Vision Council’s report comprised data from 10,500 interviews of American residents regarding cataract surgery knowledge and surgery-related experiences. Experiences included pre- and post-surgery results such as light sensitivity, use of corrective vision devices, overall vision change and improvement in the ability to drive, according to the release.
Notable findings from the study included:
- Approximately 1.7 million Americans had cataract surgery in 2019, with an expected annual increase over the next several years;
- 97% of respondents aged 65 years or older are aware of cataracts;
- By age 75, almost half of the respondents had had cataract surgery;
- 94.6% of respondents who had cataract surgery expressed satisfaction with surgery results;
- 64.5% of respondents noticed improved driving ability after cataract surgery;
- 22.9% of respondents said their doctor used a monovision correction technique; and
- After cataract surgery, the frequency of eyeglasses use by respondents fell by almost 20 percentage points.
The study had a working sample of 5,145 adults aged 45 years or older.