An article reported in the September American Journal of Ophthalmology reported that there was a connection between those having cataract surgery and improved survival. A study by The Blue Mountains Eye Study Cohort looked at the mortality rate of those people with cataracts that had undergone cataract surgery verses those that had not received the surgery. The conclusion was that those having cataract surgery had a significantly better long term survival, 40% less mortality risk, than those not having cataract surgery.