The Potential Link Between Vision
Impairment and Dementia
Does poor eyesight contribute
to mental decline and dementia
as we age? Does correcting
vision loss prevent or slow down
cognitive (memory loss, poor
thinking, etc.) decline?
These are very important
questions for all seniors. Recent
studies show that the prevalence
of dementia is expected to
double every 20 years and vision
loss increase by two-fold in the
next 30 years.
Ophthalmologists have long
observed that improving vision
by cataract surgery in individual
patients can help the mental
functioning in mild to moderate
dementia. I recently received a
phone call from the daughter of a
patient with moderate dementia
who was elated to tell me that
her father’s dementia improved
significantly after surgery.
that vision loss and dementia
are significantly associated with
one another. This information is
tremendously important, given
the lack of adequate treatment

for dementia and the huge toll
that this disease takes on the
patient, family and society as a
The five major causes of vision
loss in the elderly cataracts,
macular degeneration, diabetic
eye disease, glaucoma and
the need for eyeglasses are
all treatable. The American
Academy of Ophthalmology
recommends an eye exam for all
individuals over 65 every one to
two years.

About the Coastal Jersey
Eye Center:

Stephen H. Uretsky, MD of
the Coastal Jersey Eye Center
is a leading board-certified
ophthalmologist specializing
in comprehensive eye care.
The Coastal Jersey Eye Center
has offices in Linwood and
Cape May Court House. To
make an appointment, call us
at 609.927.3373 in Linwood
or 609.465.7926 in Cape May
Court House or
visit us online at