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Can progressive cataracts cause loss of memory and inability

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Can progressive cataracts cause loss of memory and inability to remember simple words._My mother is 85 and has just been diagnosed with progressed cataracts. However since her eye test at the optician she cannot remember the simplest of words and is becoming more confused daily. Prior to her eye test 2 months ago she was still driving her car and had a very sharp memory.

Hello and thanks for your question.

I'm sorry to hear about your mother's predicament. The progression of cataracts, by itself, does not cause short-term memory loss or dementia. However, one of the biggest risk factors for the onset of dementia is poor vision. It has been documented that patients with dementia do much better in terms of their memory and functioning when the vision is optimized, and taking out cataracts and putting on the most appropriate glasses would likely help your mother out in this respect.

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