Cataract surgery can make a difference – in more ways than one

Cataract surgery can make a difference – in more ways than one

Recent studies are highlighting the advantages of undergoing cataract surgery in various populations for different reasons. Here is a brief look at the ways this sight-saving procedure can make a difference.

Decreasing the risk of falling
Cataract SurgeryIt’s a known statistic among health care providers that the risk of falling increases for just about all of us as we age. But if part of our aging process includes the development of cataracts and the poor vision it brings, our risk is dramatically increased.

In a recent study, the number of falls taken were tracked in a group of 400 people age 50 and over, with cataracts in both eyes. After surgery in just one eye, the risk of falling was decreased by 78%.

Some people wait for their cataracts to worsen before having them removed. But since waiting could increase the possibility of taking a fall, it’s probably wiser to have the surgery sooner than later.

Improving sleep and brain function
Study results reported last June linked feeling tired and sleepy during the day with postponing cataract surgery. In fact, the study found that people with cataracts often have poor sleep quality. This is likely due to the fact that cataracts can reduce the amount of light that reaches the retina at the back of the eye, and this lack of light can affect circadian rhythm, a process that regulates sleep.

Removing cataracts lets light come back into your eyes, and this may bring back normal circadian rhythm — and sleep quality. Plus, patients in the study who had the surgery were found to have a 33% lower chance of being diagnosed with any cognitive impairment. According to researchers, disturbed sleep patterns can contribute to cognitive impairment.

Improving lives for people with Alzheimer’s
According to a clinical study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in 2014, both patients and their caregivers can benefit from cataract surgery. Study results report that dementia patients demonstrate increased mobility and functionality, and experience slower memory decline than patients who don’t have the procedure.
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3 Responses to Cataract surgery can make a difference – in more ways than one

  1. Rachel Lannister March 16, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

    You wrote that elderly people who got cataract surgery experienced a decrease in falls by 78%. Especially with how dangerous falls can be for the elderly, and the other health complications they can inflict, it makes sense that cataract surgery would be so attractive. I’ll have to keep this information in mind, in case any of my family is considering cataract surgery. Thanks for the info.

  2. Ridley Fitzgerald November 7, 2017 at 9:02 pm #

    Cataract surgery sounds like a great idea for my mom. She’s getting old, and I know her vision isn’t what it used to be. If getting rid of those cataracts can help her sleep better, I know she’ll love that!

  3. Lucy Gibson February 2, 2018 at 12:29 am #

    My grandmother has been frustrated by her fading eyesight. She’s mentioned that there seems to be a fuzzy cloud in the way when she’s trying to read or look outside. She also talked about how it’s harder for her to sleep at night. It was interesting to read that people with cataracts have a harder time sleeping. I also thought it was amazing that there was a 78% decrease in people over the age of 50 of falling again after a cataract surgery. I’ll talk to my grandmother about seeing a professional who can fix this.

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