Cataract surgery in seniors Is actually life-extending, new
New research suggests that if you undergo cataract surgery, you' ll not only see more clearly, you also may actually live longer.

A National Bureau of Economic Research study says Americans over 65 are living longer and with fewer disabilities, and that a chief reason is cataract surgery, which prevents falls and allows seniors to continue working and driving safely.

Those who have cataract surgery are less likely to experience disability than people who don' t, according to the June NBER paper. Between 1992 and 2008, healthy life expectancy at age 65 increased by 1.8 years, the study says, and two treatments contributed: better cardiac care and cataract surgery.