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      Successful Cataract Surgery Leads to an Improvement in Depressive Symptomatology

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          Introduction: Cataract is the most common reversible cause of blindness worldwide, and the associated vision impairment has been associated with an adverse impact on health-related quality of life and mental health in particular. However, findings from studies on the mental health improvement of patients after cataract surgery remain inconclusive. The objective of this study is to ascertain whether the outcome on best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) following cataract surgery is associated with depressive symptomatology. Methods: This is an observational prospective study of a cohort of 150 consecutive patients who underwent phacoemulsification surgery and who were evaluated for changes in depressive symptomatology with Beck’s Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II). Results: The difference in BDI-II scores pre- and postoperatively correlated with the difference in BCVA pre- and postoperatively ( p < 0.001). A paired-samples t test revealed a statistically significant difference in the preoperative and postoperative BDI-II scores ( p < 0.001). A related-samples Wilcoxon signed-rank test revealed a statistically significant improvement of depression status among the patients ( p = 0.004). A stepwise regression analysis concluded that the only statistically significant predictor in assessing the difference in total BDI-II score before and after the operation was the respective difference in visual acuity. Discussion/Conclusion: The success of phacoemulsification surgery for cataract as evaluated with the change in BCVA is related to the rate of improvement in depressive symptomatology.

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            To evaluate the influence of cataract surgery on cognitive function and depressive mental status of elderly patients. Prospective, interventional case series. The 25-Item National Eye Institute Visual Functioning Questionnaire (NEI VFQ-25), Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) are the measures designed to assess vision-related quality of life (QOL), cognitive impairment, and depressive mental status, respectively. These tests were performed before and two months after surgery in 102 patients undergoing phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation for bilateral cataract. The change in best-corrected visual acuity by surgery significantly correlated with the change in NEI VFQ-25 score (Pearson correlation, r = -0.310; P = .031). The change in NEI VFQ-25 score by surgery significantly correlated with the change in MMSE score (r = 0.306; P = .035) and the change in BDI score (r = -0.414; P < .001). The change in MMSE score showed significant correlation with the change in BDI score (r = -0.434; P < .001). Vision-related QOL, cognitive impairment, and depressive mental status are all strongly related with each other. Cataract surgery significantly improved vision-related QOL in elderly patients, and cognitive impairment and depressive mental status also improved in parallel with improvement in vision-related QOL.
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              To assess the impact of cataract surgery in nursing home residents on health-related quality of life, as compared to those who have cataracts but who do not undergo surgery. A prospective cohort study enrolled 30 nursing home residents (>or=60 years old) who had cataracts and underwent cataract surgery, and evaluated vision-targeted and generic health-related quality of life and depressive symptoms before and approximately 4 months after surgery. This cataract surgery group was compared to 15 nursing home residents who had cataracts but who did not have surgery, over the same timeframe. Visual acuity for near and distance and contrast sensitivity improved following cataract surgery (p<0.001). Adjusting for age differences in the two groups, the cataract surgery group exhibited significant score improvement in the general vision (p = 0.005), reading (p = 0.001), psychological distress (p = 0.015), and social interaction (p = 0.033) subscales of the Nursing Home Vision-targeted Health-Related Quality of Life Questionnaire and the VF-14 (p = 0.004). There were no group differences in the SF-36, Geriatric Depression Scale or the Cataract Symptom Score. Nursing home residents who underwent cataract surgery because of functional problems experienced significant improvements in their vision-targeted health-related quality of life, in addition to dramatically improved vision.

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                Ophthalmic Res
                Ophthalmic Research
                S. Karger AG
                February 2021
                26 May 2020
                : 64
                : 1
                : 50-54
                a2nd Department of Ophthalmology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Papageorgiou General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece
                bDepartment of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
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                *Ioanna Mylona, 2nd Department of Ophthalmology, Papageorgiou General Hospital, Agiou Pavlou 76, Pavlos Melas, GR–564 29 Thessaloniki (Greece), milona_ioanna@windowslive.com
                508954 Ophthalmic Res 2021;64:50–54
                © 2020 S. Karger AG, Basel

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