Studies show that seniors cognitive abilities are better when eye sight issues are dealt with than those that are not. For example, a study done about cataracts and cataract surgery found the rate of cognitive decline was slowed by nearly 50 percent of Seniors following cataract surgery over 13 years of follow-up. Rates of decline among people who had cataract surgery was slower after the surgery compared with beforehand. So there is a definite correlation between Senior vision and cognitive decline.
Although proper vision helps people to stay independent and not isolated, all the reasons why the research shows improvement is not fully understood yet. Researchers assume it has a lot to do with a person feeling isolated, which leads to embarrassment and lack of activity both physical and mental. However there is no doubt that Seniors with proper vision will be better able to stay independent and active longer than those who do not.
Another study found that those Seniors already in mental decline are more likely to stay in decline, especially if they are unable to communicate their needs. Also, those Seniors in need of cataract surgery are more likely to succumb to falling risks and the possibility of breaking bones, so its important to have eye exams on a regular basis.
Quality of Life
Regular exams can help Seniors with correcting cataracts or other issues that may prevent them from leading healthy independent lives. Many Seniors may be eligible for low or no cost exams through the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeCare America® program. Visit them here!
Source: American Academy of Opthamology
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