Cataracts, the clouding of the natural eye lens, affects about 22 million Americans over age 40. In fact, it’s estimated by the time they reach age 80, more than half of Americans will have a cataract or will have had cataract surgery. In other words, if you live long enough, you’re likely to be affected by cataracts.
The only treatment for cataracts is surgery to remove the clouded natural lens and implant a synthetic “intraocular” lens. This outpatient surgery takes about 10 minutes, and patients can go home as soon as it’s over. Cataract surgery is a safe, straightforward procedure performed thousands of times every day around the world.