Fast Facts from the WHA Information Center: June is Cataract Awareness Month

June 16, 2017

The National Eye Institute defines a cataract as a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging and are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. While cataracts are one of the most common causes of vision loss, they are treatable with cataract surgery. 

According to the WHA Information Center, in 2016 there were 73,681 cataract surgeries in an outpatient surgery setting in Wisconsin. That is an 11.6 percent increase of cataract surgeries since 2012. 

Data provided by the WHA Information Center (WHAIC). WHAIC is dedicated to collecting, analyzing and disseminating complete, accurate and timely data and reports about charges, utilization, quality and efficiency provided by Wisconsin hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and other health care providers.

This story originally appeared in the June 16, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter