Donate to Cataract Research, Patient Care and Education

Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and are the primary cause of blindness in the world. In fact, there are more cases of cataracts worldwide than of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, combined. Today, cataracts are present in 22 million Americans age 40 and older. It is anticipated that, by the year 2020, more than 30 million Americans will have cataracts.

By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help the physician-scientists at Northwestern Medicine to achieve new breakthroughs in the research and treatment of cataracts.

A cataract initially has a small impact on vision. It might cause a person’s vision to be a bit blurry, or it might cause light to seem overly bright. A developing cataract might cause colors to appear muted. Over time, however, a cataract can interfere with a person’s everyday activities, such as reading and driving. At that time, it is important that the cataract be surgically removed.

Cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed surgeries, and it provides patients with significant improvement in vision. It is also among the safest and most effective types of surgery. Cataract surgery involves replacing a person’s cataract-affected eye lens with a new lens.

Cataracts Research, Patient Care and Education

With your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help to ensure that Northwestern Medicine’s eye specialists continue to effectively diagnose and treat patients with cataracts. Your generosity truly will help to give the gift of improved sight to a great many people.

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