Cataracts and Booming Baby Boomers: The Big Picture

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According to a story posted on, published by the American Medical Association, America’s 78 million baby boomers began turning 65 in 2011 at a rate of one every 10 seconds. Baby boomers are those born between 1946 and 1964, and, as the story also reports, “…are the best-educated, richest and healthiest seniors the country has ever seen…”

The reality that aging boomers are healthier, wealthier and wiser is good news, yet the health conditions that follow with age are also a reality. Among the conditions boomers and their doctors will need to address, developing cataracts is a part of aging that can’t be overlooked. This isn’t limited simply to vision quality. Vision health can reflect overall health. For instance, diabetes, a growing disease among aging Americans, increases the chances of developing cataracts.


Eye Consultants of Texas has consistently been at the forefront of bringing the latest cataract surgery technology to Dallas/Fort Worth. Founder Phillips Kirk Labor, MD, a renowned cataract specialist, has years of experience performing no-stitch cataract surgery, which uses ultrasound to gently remove the cataract with no discomfort. Further, in 2011, we were the first DFW practice to offer ORange®, the world’s first technology that measures cataract surgery results in real time. As we posted in our blog recently, ORange has been enhanced and is now called ORA System™. Once again, we are proud to have been the first Fort Worth or Dallas practice to perform an ORA procedure.


“Today’s baby boomers have extraordinary advancements on their side,” Dr. Labor said. “At this stage in life, it’s crucial to get regular eye checkups, as well as a cataract screening. If it’s simply a vision problem, my cataract surgery patients discover that clear vision allows them to do so much more and feel better about themselves, which can affect their overall physical health as well.”


If you’re over 55 and experience blurred or clouded vision, call our office at 817-410-2030 to schedule a cataract screening or to learn more.