As retirement living seniors age, some may find their vision skills are diminishing. Many individuals who never wore glasses may discover they are suddenly relying on them for everyday activities, such as reading and driving.
Though refractive errors may develop over time, cataracts can also affect vision. The condition, which is characterized by a painless, cloudy area in the lens that blocks the passage of light to the retina, continues to plague much of the nation's elder population.
A story on WYTV may give hope to patients with cataract problems. According to the news outlet, one man had his complete vision restored after having cataract surgery.
Dr H.S. Wang, who performed the procedure at Eye Care Associates in Ohio, admits an operation such as this can be life-changing.
"Some of the them would go blind, the others would go blind in one eye. So by removing the cataract and putting an implant in, 99 percent recover with full vision," Wang said.
An estimated 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older suffer from some sort of cataract problem. 6.1 percent of those individuals have had cataract surgery, according to AllAboutVision.com.