Study shows cataract surgery may reduce dementia risk

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Nathaniel Chin, MD, was recently quoted in an article about a study that showed older adults who had cataract surgery to restore their vision had a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Researchers from the University of Washington found the overall risk for dementia was 29% lower in people who had cataract surgery compared with people who did not.

Chin noted that primary care doctors and physicians who treat patients with memory concerns should address vision decline in patients the way they address other preventive factors.

Cataract Surgery May Reduce Your Dementia Risk” appeared in The New York Times on January 24, 2022.