Cataract and cognitive impairment: a review of the literature

Jefferis, Joanna M; Mosimann, Urs Peter; Clarke, Michael P (2011). Cataract and cognitive impairment: a review of the literature. British journal of ophthalmology, 95(1), pp. 17-23. London: BMJ Publishing Group 10.1136/bjo.2009.165902

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Acquired cataract and cognitive impairment are both common age-related problems, and ophthalmologists are increasingly likely to encounter patients who have both. Patients with dementia types who display early visuoperceptual impairment may present first to ophthalmology services. When these patients have coexisting cataract, it may be difficult to distinguish visual complaints due to cataract from those due to dementia. The interaction between visual impairment due to cataract and neurodegenerative disorders affecting the central visual pathways, is not fully understood. Visual impairment due to cataract may stress impaired attentional mechanisms and cataract extraction may improve cognitive performance in some patients with early cognitive impairment; however, the benefits of cataract surgery in established dementia are less clear. In this study, the literature on this subject was reviewed and the implications for practice were considered.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Mosimann, Urs Peter

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0007-1161

Publisher:

BMJ Publishing Group

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:18

Last Modified:

10 Mar 2014 13:32

Publisher DOI:

10.1136/bjo.2009.165902

PubMed ID:

20807709

Web of Science ID:

000285380300005

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/5747 (FactScience: 210561)

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