HealthDay (12/27, Thompson) reported, “Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness among seniors in the United States, with more than half of all US residents developing the cloudy vision of cataracts by the time they reach 80 years old, according to Prevent Blindness America, a nonprofit group that focuses on eye health.” According to eye experts, “people seem to believe things about cataracts that aren’t quite right, including when and how they should be treated.” Unfortunately, “misinformation sometimes leads people to delay treatment long past when it could help them or to expect too much from treatment for this widespread vision problem.”

Cataract Patient Urges Others Not To Be Frightened By The Prospect Of Surgery.  In a related story, HealthDay  (12/27, Thompson) discussed the experiences of Marilyn Norred, a 74-year-old retired nurse who knew “for 30 years that she had cataracts in both eyes.” This spring, she underwent cataract surgery in both eyes after having put up with increasingly blurry vision. She advised readers with cataracts to “look forward to the surgery rather than being frightened by the prospect,” and she characterized her restored eyesight as a “wonderful gift.”

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