Can cataracts cause dizziness?

Would I feel dizzy due to cataracts?
Sometimes. However, various researchers believe that vertigo and cataracts are unrelated. Dizziness, caused by various factors, including inner ear problems, medication side effects, and metabolic disorders, can be mistaken for balance problems related to severe cataracts. Severe cataracts can cause balance problems and feelings of unsteadiness. Consult a doctor for appropriate treatment of dizziness and cataracts.

A cataract is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Smoking, diabetes, and exposure to UVB light consistently can be the risk factors for cataract development. In this article, we will discuss dizziness and whether cataracts can cause it.

What is dizziness?

Dizziness refers to a range of sensations that can make you feel unsteady, lightheaded, weak, or like you’re about to faint. A variety of factors, including inner ear problems, low blood pressure, medication side effects, anxiety or panic attacks, etc. that can cause it. Dizziness can even happen as a result of more serious medical conditions such as metabolic disorders, heart disease or neurological disorders.

It usually goes away on its own. The treatment for dizziness depends on its underlying cause, so it’s important to see a doctor if you’re experiencing dizziness or any other concerning symptoms.

Can cataracts lead to dizziness?

It is possible in some cases. Research states that over 50% of patients reported dizziness before their cataract surgery. Feeling lightheaded, off-balance, and like the room is spinning or moving are symptoms of dizziness. It further states that this percentage dropped to 38% after their cataract surgery. If cataracts are severe and cause significant vision impairment, this can lead to balance problems and a feeling of unsteadiness, which may be mistaken for dizziness. 

Another research states that poor eyesight due to cataracts can sometimes leave you feeling off balance (a condition known as disequilibrium). However, there is no established link between cataracts and vertigo. Additionally, some underlying medical conditions that can cause cataracts, such as diabetes, can also cause dizziness.

It’s always best to consult with a doctor if you’re experiencing dizziness or any other concerning symptoms. They can help determine the underlying cause and provide appropriate treatment.

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