Cataract Surgery Quality of Life Benefits Far Greater than Eyesight for Seniors
"August is Cataract Awareness Month and so we certainly want to highlight the symptoms of cataracts that can affect seniors with cataracts," said Leslie Doctor, M.D. of Doctor & Associates in Connecticut.
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WESTPORT, CT, August 01, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- "These symptoms can include clouding or blurring of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, double vision or shadowing in one eye, fading or yellowing of colors and poor night vision, sometimes with haloes around lights," explained Corneal Specialist & Cataract Surgeon Leslie Doctor, M.D. "We want to stress the importance of seniors not ignoring the symptoms of cataracts or the associated vision loss from these symptoms as delaying diagnosis and treatment of age-related cataracts can increase their exposure to physical and psychological problems," she noted.
"We see it all the time - but now there are many published reports indicating that the benefits of cataract surgery for seniors extends well beyond improving eyesight. Vision loss from any cause can result in seniors experiencing isolation from friends and family, depression, cognitive and mental decline and even increases the possibility of falls with greater risk of hip fracture," stressed Dr. Leslie Doctor.
"We want to make sure we encourage seniors to have regular eye exams and share any difficulties they might be having with walking around, driving and just being able to live with the level of activity they desire," explained Tineke Chan, M.D. "If they have cataracts, we want to be able to help so they can continue them drive, read their mail, keep up their home and take their medications in a safe and comfortable manner, explained Dr. Chan.
"While the benefits of cataract surgery certainly improve overall quality of life, today we actually know that patients having cataract surgery actually live longer," shared Claudia Castiblanco, M.D. "This might be the ultimate benefit of cataract surgery!" she said.
Doctor & Associates is a leading Fairfield County eye care practice providing eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, care for cornea disease including cornea transplants, ocular inflammatory diseases including uveitis, management of diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses and optical services. For those patients in need of eye surgery, as a founding member of the Wilton Surgery Center, Doctor & Associates eye surgeons are able to provide eye surgery in a convenient, close to home and cost effective ambulatory surgery center.
Doctor & Associates was established in 1965 to offer Fairfield County and southern Connecticut eye care patients the most convenient and comprehensive advanced eye health and vision care available today. Our multiple locations in Westport, Wilton and Norwalk are staffed by Board Certified Connecticut Ophthalmologists as well as an experienced and caring technical staff. Our goal is to provide superb quality eye care in a convenient and professional setting with attention to your comfort.
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