Can Vision Correction Affect Brain Health?
Did you know that your eye health can play an important role in keeping your brain healthy?
It’s true, particularly for seniors. Recent studies have shown that seniors who undergo cataract surgery have better mental function later in life, suggesting that having healthy vision can help seniors stay active, strong, and happy.
How Vision Correction Affects Brain Health
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “researchers compared the rates of cognitive (thinking) decline before and after patients had cataract surgery. The researchers found the rate of cognitive decline was slowed by 50 percent following cataract surgery over 13 years of follow-up. The rate of decline among people who had cataract surgery was slower after the surgery compared with beforehand and became similar to the decline among those with no cataracts.”
This study – which was one of the most in-depth of its kind – demonstrates a strong understanding of how healthy vision can protect seniors’ brain health. For example, if a senior is still able to read or enjoy their favorite hobbies, they’re much more likely to have better cognitive function than someone whose eyesight prevents them from staying engaged in the things they love.
That’s why it’s incredibly important for seniors – and people of all ages – to continue visiting their ophthalmologist every year. Regular eye appointments can help your ophthalmologist identify early symptoms of cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and other diseases that can rob you of healthy vision.
With your ophthalmologist’s help, you can continue to enjoy healthy eyesight – and better brain functionality – well into your golden years!
Take the Next Step
Schedule a consultation with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths at NewView Eye Center in Reston, VA today. Dr. Griffiths is an experienced ophthalmologist who can provide you with personalized treatments based on your ocular needs. 703-834-9777
NewView Eye Center in Reston, Virginia serves the greater Washington, DC metro area.