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How cataract surgery can help more of our bodies than just our eyes

How cataract surgery can help more of our bodies than just our eyes

Created on: Thursday, August 09, 2012

 "Doctors at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA examined data from more than one million Medicare patients who had cataracts between 2002 and 2007. In that span, roughly 39% of patients had cataract surgery.  "Individuals who had cataract surgery had lower rates of hip fractures in the year after the cataract surgery." UCLA's Anne Coleman, M.D. says."

This study from UCLA proves that cataract surgery not only benefits our eyes.  Come to think of it, this really makes sense.  We often forget or take for granted how much our vision plays into the rest of our physical health. 

If you can't see well it can make normal activities difficult.  It can really be dangerous when walking down a set of stairs, steps or even just walking in dark places.  We need good vision to walk, read, communicate, drive, etc.  

When someone has a cataract, their vision will gradually get worse.  The only remedy is to have cataract surgery which entails the cataract being removed and replaced with an artifical lens.  Dr. Slade was the first surgeon in the US to perform this surgery using a femtosecond laser.  This is really exciting because now those patients that have been diagnosed with cataracts have 2 options.  They can choose between standard, manual surgery or laser surgery.  To add to this, we also offer some premium options in artifical IOL (intraocular lens) implants that patients can choose as well.

The ophthalmology industry has seen a lot of changes in technology but this laser has really revolutionized cataract surgery. We are very excited to offer it! 

Please call our office at 713-626-5544 for more information or to schedule an evaluation to determine if you have cataracts.

You can read more on our sister website dedicated to laser cataract surgery in Houston!



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