Cataract Prevalence Increases with Houston Baby Boomer Population Growth

Top Quote "At The Eye Clinic of Texas we see the trend toward an increase in cataract prevalence in Houston that is consistent with the overall U.S. data indicating that since 2000, there is a 19% increase in people over 40 having cataracts," commented Cataract Surgeon Bernard Milstein, M.D. End Quote
  • Houston, TX (1888PressRelease) July 29, 2013 - "It's really not a big surprise that the numbers of those affected by cataracts continues to grow, especially with the aging baby boomer population in and around Houston," he noted. "The good news is that with the modern cataract surgery and advanced technology lens implants we are able to provide our patients safe and effective cataract surgery and lens implants with short, comfortable recovery times and fairly quick restoration of vision so they can resume their occupations and recreational activities within a couple of days," explained Dr. Milstein.

    Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. About 24 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts and more than half of all Americans develop cataracts by age 80. A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye preventing light rays from passing through it easily. Symptoms of cataracts may include a 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.

    Cataract Surgeon Dr. Da-Thuy Van shared "For many patients the onset of cataracts is slow and progressive. But, then they notice difficulties or discomfort with blurry or cloudy vision, night driving or with sunlight and they bring this to our attention. We counsel patients that if a cataract begins to interfere with the comfort and safety of their daily activities, then it is time to consider cataract surgery and lens implants."

    Regarding the need for glasses after cataract surgery, Dr. Van explained "It seems that the baby boomers in particular really don't want the hassle of wearing glasses after cataract surgery. They have grown accustomed to their freedom and lifestyle without glasses. Fortunately, we use advanced technology intraocular toric lens implants that allow us to correct astigmatism after cataract surgery without glasses and even lens implants that correct the near vision focusing problem called presbyopia as well as distance vision without requiring bifocals or reading glasses for the vast majority of patients."

    The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation. We are a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area that provides all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care. Our Board Certified Ophthalmologists perform Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK, Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants using advanced technology IOLs to correct complex problems such as astigmatism and near vision focusing problems including presbyopia, diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy, diagnosis and management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Texas EyeWear at The Eye Clinic of Texas provides personalized consultation and fitting of eyeglasses and eyeglass lenses for greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area patients.

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    Amy Trittel, The Eye Clinic of Texas, 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas 77550, atrittel ( @ ) ecot dot com, 1-800-423-3937

    SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.

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