Growing Demand For Cataract Surgery

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Chances are you or someone you know will eventually need surgery to correct cataracts.

It's one of the most common outpatient procedures in the country. Doctors at the Miller Eye Institute in Rockford say more patients are having the surgery done at a younger age. With the baby boomer generation living longer and more actively, Dr. Richard miller expects the demand for this surgery to grow over the next decade.

"People are getting cataract surgery at a much young age, mainly because the outcomes are better. they're using their eyes more now whether its for their computers or looking at a mobile phone. were in a much more visual world," Miller said.

The National Eye Institute reports that by age 80, more than half of us will either have a cataract or have surgery to correct the problem.

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