CAR CRASHES LESSEN AFTER CATARACT SURGERY By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association - Ophthalmology last September looked at whether the rate of car accidents involving injuries in older adults was affected by having cataract surgery. The subjects were all more than 65 years-old. Those with other eye problems, such as macular degeneration or glaucoma, were excluded. Most who had cataract surgery had the procedure done in both eyes. Accident rates from before and after the cataract surgery were compared. The accident rates came from emergency room admissions.
The findings showed a 9% decrease in injury causing car accidents in the years following cataract surgery in the driver. As we all know, those living in Ozaukee County are very dependent on their ability to drive to get around as public transportation options are not plentiful or particularly convenient. While many seniors want to continue to drive, they also want to be safe on the road. This is not just for their own safety but also for the safety of those who share the road.
There have been numerous studies about the benefits of cataract surgery including decreasing the frequency of falls, lessening depression and improving the general quality of life. I sometimes hear: “Why should I bother to have cataract surgery at my age?” The study mentioned above adds another argument for going ahead with the procedure.
If it has been some time since you have had your eyes examined or if we have suggested cataract surgery for you in the past, you may want to consider coming in for a comprehensive eye examination. Should we find significant cataracts, consider scheduling the procedure. Plenty of information about cataract surgery can be found on our web site or by calling us. Consider it not just an investment in your future but also a gift to others on the road.
Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.