September is National Falls Prevention Month

After learning she had cataracts in both eyes at the age of 61, Susan began researching cataract surgeons near where she lives. Today, she is beyond thrilled with how well she can see since having her cataracts removed at Collins Vision.

“I have been wearing glasses since elementary school and the lenses were getting thicker and thicker every year,” said Susan. “When I developed cataracts, I met with Dr. Collins and his excellent team to see what my options were and how to finally get rid of my glasses. Per his recommendation, I decided on the premium lenses, so I would not have to wear glasses anymore. It truly is a miracle! I can see without my glasses! Free at last! I am extremely grateful.”

In reality, Susan’s surgery likely did more for her than improve her poor vision. When people see better, they can also move and get more exercise. The surgery also improves visual contrast, which decreases the risk of falls.

Falling is a Significant Health Threat to Seniors

September is National Falls Prevention Month, making this the ideal time to talk about this important issue. According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and can come with significant economic and personal costs.

Polly had cataract surgery at Collins Vision in July of 2020, after a tumble on the sidewalk in front of her home left her with a painful, two-month recovery. “I was tripping over things inside the house and I just knew it was time to do something about it,” said Polly. “I didn’t want to fall again and break my arm like I nearly did earlier in the year.”

Falls are considered the leading cause of death due to injury for those over age 65, accounting for 40% of all nursing home admissions. Falls are also the leading cause of injury-related ER visits for older adults, the primary cause of hip fractures and are responsible for more than half of fatal head injuries. Nearly half of all seniors who have a fall do not live independently again afterward. While not all falls are due to poor vision and depth perception, of course, many are.
Today, Polly is amazed at how good her restored vision is. “I am so thrilled with my results!” she said. “The experience at Collins Vision has been great, and their experience and expertise are top-notch.” Watch the video below for more of Polly’s story.

Modern Cataract Surgery Does More Than Restore Vision

Collins Vision is doing its part to help counteract this negative reality of falling for seniors living in Naples, Fort Myers and surrounding areas.

At Collins Vision, we do things a little differently. We will meet one-on-one and create your surgery plan together. We offer the most advanced technology the area has to offer and I will personally meet with you between your first and second eye surgery to ensure successful outcomes. At Collins Vision, every little detail matters, and it’s all about you.”

— Michael J. Collins, MD

Cataract surgery is the most performed surgical procedure in the U.S. today, with more than 3 million Americans having cataracts removed each year (Prevent Blindness America). Cataract surgery has come a long way over the years, and at Collins Vision, we are leading the way in those advances.

Technological advances and the advent of laser-assisted cataract surgery have brought new levels of accuracy and safety to an already safe procedure. What used to require general anesthesia, a hospital stay and weeks of recovery time is now performed in an outpatient setting with a local anesthetic, tiny incisions, no stitches and minimal downtime.

Refractive Cataract Surgery Offers A Customized Path to Visual Freedom

At Collins Vision, we specialize in something we like to call Refractive Cataract Surgery, where the goal is to remove your cataract and reduce your dependency on glasses at the same time by correcting refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia with a premium intraocular lens. It’s an advanced procedure that goes beyond standard cataract surgery to deliver amazing results designed to fit your unique vision and lifestyle.

Dr. Collins hand selects a custom path designed to complement your unique vision, lifestyle and goals. Whether you want to shave a few strokes off your golf game or make a big catch out on the open water, we have a lens for that. Dive into the latest novel poolside or craft with your grandkids, we have a lens for that, too!

Enjoy Your Golden Years with Confidence

Dr. Collins is a sought-after cataract surgeon with decades of experience. Ready to learn more about Refractive Cataract Surgery at Collins Vision? We can’t wait for you to See the Difference! Schedule your cataract evaluation today.

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