Older adults with visual impairment often report dizziness, but a recent study found that it can improve with cataract surgery. Senior author, Professor David Elliott, M.D., said, “Dizziness is caused by lots of factors, but the results indicate that cataract surgery removes symptoms of dizziness for some people, so it is an important intervention to consider.”
Patients who switched to multifocal glasses post cataract surgery inhibited the ability to reduce dizziness after surgery. Elliot explained, “Multifocals are very convenient, but the results of the study suggest that older, frail patients – who are at greater risk of falling – shouldn’t wear multifocals after cataract surgery if possible.”
The worst case scenario is that patients wear the multifocals before the first eye surgery and stop wearing them until the second eye surgery, which can increase dizziness and falls even more so. Elliot concluded, “That seems to be too much change, and these people would be better wearing the multifocals throughout and not swapping back and forth.”
The findings were published in Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics.