Depends on the overall health of the person. Generally cataract surgery is very well refined and works pretty well. It can be a good thing in so many ways to improve vision. Generally speaking getting through the whole process of surgery for this is much less benign and menacing than it used to be. Depending on the stage of dementia, it can and probably should be done, in the early and even intermediate stages. The benefits will usually outweigh the risks. The surgery is not a very long operation anymore, so the sedation, anesthesia insult is not too bad anymore, even for someone with dementia. Check with your doctor.
I'm a 76 year old physician with early Alzheimer's and have had cataract surgery. I didn't hesitate to do the procedure even with the small risk that anathesia presents. By the way, I've also had both my knees replaced and my left hip, all since my diagnosis.
NOTICE: The information provided on this site is not a substitute for professional medical advice,
diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your
physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on Wellsphere.
If you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.