Cataracts present a massive and worsening healthcare and societal problem. Of the 39 million people today who are blind, half have lost their vision because of cataracts, with the burden disproportionately affecting developing countries (1). As the demographic bulge that is the baby boomer generation ages, things are only going to get worse. Over the next two decades, the demand for cataract surgery (already the world’s most frequently performed surgical procedure) is set to double. It has been estimated that delaying the onset of cataract formation by a decade would halve the demand for cataract surgery (2,3) – but that’s easier said than done.
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