Fast Facts from the WHA Information Center

June is Cataract Awareness Month

The National Eye Institute defines a cataract as a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging and are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. More than half of all Americans will have cataracts by age 80. While cataracts are one of the most common causes of vision loss, they are treatable with cataract surgery. 

According to the WHA Information Center, in 2016 there were 73,681 cataract surgeries in an outpatient surgery setting in Wisconsin.  That is an 11.6% increase of cataract surgeries since 2012.