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Over 50s Need Cataract Education

Australians over the age of 50 are under-educated about the benefits and options associated with cataract surgery, a new survey has found.

The survey, by Alcon, found Australia polled poorly in both the participants’ understanding that there were different types of intraocular lenses (IOLs), and in having a conversation with their ophthalmologist about IOLs ahead of surgery.

The Alcon Eye On Cataract Survey polled more than 7,000 people over the age of 50 from 10 countries, including Australia.1

Alcon said globally, 51% of participants understood there were different types of IOL choices to fit different needs. In Australia, it was just 28%.

When Australian participants who had undergone cataract surgery were asked if they discussed lens options with their surgeon prior to surgery, just 61% had. This compares with 94% of patients in China.

The survey found misconceptions about the procedure remain. For example, globally, only 58% understood cataract surgery involves implanting a permanent lens into the eye.

Alcon said there were positive results, with 45% of post-surgery patients agreeing they have the vision of someone younger. The percentage of patients who reported reliance on glasses fell from 81% pre-surgery to 45% post-surgery.1

Commenting on the survey, Dr Armand Borovik, a New South Wales cataract, corneal, and refractive surgeon, said the poll results highlighted the need to continue educating patients on the benefits of cataract surgery, including the lens choices available.

1. New Global Alcon Survey Highlights More Education is Needed for Cataract Patients (media release) 20 June 2023.