Cataract Surgery Benefits the Aging Individual
- Posted on: Mar 15 2016
Men and women in the latter years of their life face a number of conditions that affect health and wellness. Research has shown that a decline in motor and cognitive skills, such as in Alzheimer’s patients, presents questions the directly relate to vision and vision correction. The more that has been discovered about the needs of the aging individual, the more we see the value of cataract surgery and other procedures that improve vision. As an experienced physician and a patient who has undergone vision correction surgery, Dr. Giyaur is a wonderful resource for patients seeking more information about potential procedures.
Vision is Important at Any Age
At the 2014 International Conference of the Alzheimer’s Association, promising research was presented. Patients in a study focused on cataract surgery showed improvement beyond clearer vision following their procedure. In addition to seeing better, treated Alzheimer’s patients also demonstrated a slowed decline memory. The results of cataract removal included greater mobility, which had a beneficial impact on patients as well as their caregivers.
Vision and Physical Wellness
Statistics demonstrate a decline in physical activity in the aging adult, which may coincide with cognitive decline. The less the body is moved, the more atrophy that occurs in muscles, resulting in an increased risk of falling. When vision is also a problem, this risk is compounded. One study of 400 participants aged 50 and older showed that cataract removal in one eye only led to a 78% lowered risk of falling during the subsequent year. Researchers suggest that there are clear advantages to the early treatment of cataracts in older individuals.
Cataract Removal Customized to Individual Need
Cataracts are not an urgent problem in most cases because they do not cause blindness. However, as demonstrated by research, the aging adult can benefit from the removal of clouded lenses. Cataract surgery is planned around each individual patient. Dr. Giyaur determines the most appropriate technique after a thorough examination. She also discusses options for lens replacement with patients, giving them options to suit their needs.
If you or someone you love is affected by cataracts in one or both eyes, there is clear benefit to exploring solutions sooner rather than later. Call New York Laser Vision at 718-676-6464.
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