Keeping an Eye on Cataracts

Johnson & Johnson Vision encourages people to Act on Cataracts and understand treatment options

Don’t take your vision for granted: As we age, a proactive approach to eye health becomes even more critical.

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness globally,  and more than 90% of people will develop cataracts by age 65 . Yet, a new study by Johnson & Johnson Vision shows that most people don’t understand cataract treatment options, and many are reluctant to undergo surgical procedures to correct vision loss from cataracts. 

This new insight into cataracts is a result of Johnson & Johnson Vision’s recently announced Prioritize Your Eyes Global Eye Health Survey that reveals both a disconnect in patient views towards the importance of eye health and how they prioritize it as part of their overall health. The survey found that while 80% of adults view an eye exam as important, less than half (46%) of all respondents actually get an eye exam each year - the single most important step to protect your eyes. 

The survey also asked participants about cataracts, and found a lack of understanding of the condition, as well as skewed perceptions about barriers to care and available treatment options. The survey found that the majority (70%) of people said they are familiar with cataracts and even more know that surgery is the most common treatment option (85%). However, among those diagnosed or who have symptoms of cataracts, only 30% of Americans surveyed said they would be very likely to undergo cataract surgery.

Why is that? Fear, for one. Without proper expectations about the process of cataract procedure (which is, by definition, extremely safe and low risk), many are afraid of undergoing surgery because they lack an overall understanding of the procedure itself and have concerns about the effectiveness of surgery. 

This survey has revealed an opportunity for increased education and dialogue between patients, their loved ones, and their eye care providers around the benefits of treating cataracts, along with what to expect around surgery and the treatment options available. 

While this survey was designed to uncover the many misconceptions behind cataracts specifically, Johnson & Johnson Vision is committed to developing a larger, more holistic approach in changing the overall trajectory of eye health by helping people Prioritize Your Eyes more effectively, across every stage of life. 

1 World Health Organization - Priority Eye Diseases. REF 2016 OTH 0004.
2 University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center website. Accessed October 28, 2017. REF2016OTH0327.