vision problems and quality of life

A new global study has recently been carried out to determine how vision problems impact quality of life. It is thought that over one billion people across the world suffer with some form of problem with their vision that could have been corrected or prevented.

Here, we will look at what this new global study found and why seeking treatment for eye conditions is important.

Understanding the new study

The new cross-sectional study, published within the JAMA Ophalmology, looked at nine systemic reviews that were published from 2010-2020. The goal was to discover how vision problems link to quality of life.

Out of the nine systemic reviews, five of them were quantitive observational studies. Another three were qualitative studies and the final one was a combination of qualitative and quantitive studies. The researchers also looked at 33 different interventions that could be used to potentially improve quality of life.

It was revealed that all of the studies showed patients with vision problems suffered a poorer quality life. However, it also showed that timely treatment can improve quality of life.

Timely interventions could help improve quality of life

Out of the 33 interventions assessed, it was discovered that 25 of them could improve quality of life. The treatments found to have the biggest impact were cataract surgery, and anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy.

The earlier treatment is sought, the better. The trouble is many patients are facing a lengthy wait to receive the life-changing procedures they need. This is leading to an increase in the number of patients going private. When you seek private eye care, waiting times are drastically reduced and early intervention can be provided.

Treating your cataracts through surgery

Those with cataracts in the studies, were particularly shown to see marked improvements in quality of life after undergoing surgery. One of the most common surgical procedures carried out around the world, cataract surgery helps to restore and improve vision.

When you have cataracts, it causes the natural lens of the eye to harden and cloud over. This lens contributes towards 33% of your eye’s ability to focus. If left untreated, the condition can worsen, causing significant vision problems that impact your day-to-day life.

In cataract surgery, high-frequency ultrasound is used to remove the cataract. A small incision is made before a new artificial lens is inserted. For most patients, the surgery will be carried out under local anaesthetic.  This is provided through eye drops which work to fully numb the eyes.

Patients can expect to see results within just one day after the procedure. As with any type of surgery, there are risks you should know about before undergoing the procedure. Mr Zaid Shalchi will go through the potential risks and complications during your consultation.

Overall, vision problems can greatly impact quality of life in patients. However, as the new global study shows, timely treatments can help to improve quality of life.

Call us on 020 3953 4999 or email us on to arrange a consultation with London Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon Mr Zaid Shalchi today to see how cataract surgery could help you to return to a normal life.