Cataract Surgery Helps Improve Quality Of Life
Cognitive decline – the slowing of our mental abilities – is something that happens to us all as we age. Visual and hearing impairments have long been known to be associated with cognitive decline and dementia.
One of the most common causes of poor vision in the elderly is cataracts. The benefits of cataract surgery extend beyond seeing better and include a higher perceived healthiness, lower anxiety symptoms and better cognition.
However, what is not entirely clear is if cataract surgery can influence the trajectory of cognitive decline. In the study, researchers compared the rates of cognitive decline in over 2,000 senior citizens followed for 13 years before and after they had cataract surgery.
This study concluded that the rate of cognitive decline decreased by 50 percent after cataract surgery. Additionally, cognitive abilities were similar to those without any cataracts at all.
In their conclusion, the investigators noted that further research is needed to determine the link between cataract surgery and possibly decreasing dementia. However, it is clear that maintaining healthy vision can keep one sharper longer. These findings are promising in the fight against dementia.
Early detection through a comprehensive eye exam can help maintain the clearest vision possible. Schedule an exam with your ophthalmologist today.
Dr. Stephen H. Uretsky is a board-certified ophthalmologist with 35 years of practice experience who specializes in comprehensive eye care.
May 3, 2019