Cataract surgery and Alzheimer

Cataract surgery and Alzheimer

We often think these two pathologies make it impossible to cure the first one. However, this surgical procedure is frequently performed with patients affected with Alzheimer. Discover in this article the key elements related to preoperative, the procedure, postoperative as well as its benefits !

cataract surgery and alzheimer preoperative exams

Cataract surgery and Alzheimer :

the preoperative exams

As part of a cataract surgery and Alzheimer, preparing the patient, as well as his or her health in order to perform the procedure, is essential.

For this surgical act, the preoperative exams often include:

  • blood tests;
  • electrocardiograms;
  • eye exams;
  • corneal and eye analysis;
  • various tests to evaluate the global health of the patient.

For patients affected with Alzheimer disease, Dr. Stéphanie Zwillinger takes additional precautions in order to ensure the security during the whole procedure, such as:

  • a cognitive function evaluation;
  • The capability of the patient to understand the instructions;
  • the capability of the patient to tolerate the general or local anesthesia

These additional considerations must be taken into account to ensure the security and well-being of the patient during the whole surgery.

Cataract surgery is considered as a safe and efficient procedure, but it is important to consult with a qualified and experienced surgeon to perform this procedure.

Cataract surgery and Alzheimer :

how it goes

This surgical procedure involves withdrawing the opacified lens of the eye and to replace it with an intraocular implant (IOL) to restore clear vision.

Cataract surgery can be outpatient or the patient can choose to stay at the hospital. It can be performed with a general or local anesthesia, based on the surgeon and patient preferences.

In some cases, like cataract surgery and Alzheimer, an injection can reinforce the local anesthesia and restrain the eye movement

The procedure is performed under a microscope in the operative room of either a hospital or a clinic. It lasts between fifteen and thirty minutes. Preparation time is longer, because of:

  • the time of pupil dilation;
  • the disinfection;
  • the operative room installation.

Most of the time, the procedure is outpatient: the patient can go home the same day, after observation (between an hour and half the day).
If both eyes need to undergo surgery, an interval of 8 days must be observed.

Cataract surgery and Alzheimer : the postoperative

After a cataract surgery and Azlheimer, the patient may need closer monitoring to avoid potential complications due to their preexisting health condition.


Although exceptional, these complications (infectious or technical) may lead to a second procedure, in order to place the implant. For example, in the event of a fragile cataract, another surgery can be scheduled.

Cataract surgery is considered as a very safe procedure, with a high rate of success. However, same as any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications involved. That’s why it is important to make an appointment with Dr. Stéphanie Zwillinger, trustworthy and experienced eye surgeon, to perform the surgery.

operation de la cataracte et alzheimer les bénéfices

Cataract surgery and Alzheimer :

the benefits

Sensory loss needs to be treated in patients affected with Alzheimer, because research scientists consider it to be a modifiable risk factor of dementia. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a scientific review edited by the American Medical Association (AMA), cataract surgery can reduce the risks of developing dementia for the elderly.

There are additional benefits of performing cataract surgery and Alzheimer. On one hand, the visual function is greatly improved, and on the other hand, the patient recovers full contact with the world surrounding. Either when it comes to listening or seing, it is necessary to do something for the senses to continue to stimulate the aging brain.

If you notice cognitive disorders related to aging in your loved ones, we advise you to accompany him or her in making an appointment for an ophthalmological checkup, but also for an hearing assessment. The more preserved sensory capacities are, the longer the brain will function correctly.

As a conclusion

Regarding cataract surgery and Alzheimer: do not be afraid for your loved one, as this procedure can only be of benefit for him or her! It will give the patient a better quality of sensory information to stimulate the brain, as well as an improvement of his or her quality of life and a risk of dementia reduction. let’s not wait to take good care of everyone’s eyes!

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