Cataract Awareness

Find cataract-related materials at AOA.org

Help clear up patients' clouded knowledge of cataracts with educational and practice materials that will further a conversation about the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Total cataract cases in the U.S. are anticipated to double with a projected prevalence of more than 50 million incidences by 2050.

Total cataract cases in the U.S. are anticipated to double with a projected prevalence of more than 50 million incidences by 2050 as Americans' age expectancies trend upward, according to statistics from the National Eye Institute (NEI).  

Given the long-term relationships patients have with their eye care providers, optometrists become not only trusted counselors, but also patient advocates for further and post-cataract care. Resources available at AOA Marketplace can help reaffirm that role, allowing for a better-informed patient and a more productive dialogue.  

Take advantage of Cataract Awareness Month in June to educate your patients and the public about the risk factors, symptoms and treatment options associated with the most commonly cited cause of visual impairment in the United States.  

Review member resources available at AOA.org to see how you can better reach patients both inside and out of your practice this month. Get materials and tools ranging from gallery prints that provide a visual indicator of cataract severity to patient fact sheets, pamphlets and health fair displays.  

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Continue the search for cataract resources at AOA.org, where optometrists and patients alike can locate useful information, both in member-only, clinical formats and free patient reference webpages.  

Members can utilize additional resources such as the "Care of the Adult Patient with Cataract" clinical practice guideline and its easy-to-use, 6-page quick-reference guide (QRG) to navigate patient care options, while also reinforcing the beneficial role optometrists play in the multidisciplinary approach to cataract treatment.  

"Optometrist should discuss with the patient the natural course of the cataract and treatment options, as well as the importance of routine examinations," according to the clinical practice guideline.  

"Proper care through both nonsurgical and surgical intervention can lead to improved productivity, reduction of personal suffering and substantial cost savings for the affected individuals, their families and the health care system as a whole."  

Also, be sure to tell patients about the Patients & Public side of AOA.org, tailor-made to offer the public expertise from optometrists for common eye maladies and other pertinent information. The public can search the glossary for cataract materials, or learn about cataract surgery, in addition to other ocular topics.

June 2, 2014

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