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Cataract surgery can help reduce painful falls

Posted July 31, 2012

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— Cataract surgery has long been used to improve the vision of older Americans, but according to research in the Journal of American Medicine, its benefits are now helping older people avoid painful hip fractures many suffer when they fall.

Researchers at the Jules Stein Eye Institute and UCLA looked at more than a million medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with cataracts over a seven-year period. Almost 39 percent had cataract surgery. 

Those who had the surgery also had lower rates of his fractures in the following year. 

Dr. Anne Coleman said the research proves how important proper eye health can be for older people as they try to navigate stair or other tough terrain. 

Cataract surgery can help reduce painful falls Cataract surgery can help reduce painful falls

"This can cause problems with your balance and it also can cause problems with your depth perception," she said. "All of these things increase your risk of falling and then going on to have a hip fracture."

Researchers said cataract surgery was protective for people and 75 older, with people between 80 and 84 seeing the most benefit.

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  • sunshine1040 Aug 6, 2012

    Could have asked the kids in more at four class and they would have told you they do not fall as oftern when they are looking where they are going. Could have saved a groups on research

  • Stormy13 Aug 3, 2012

    The heck with ages 75 to 80's.... I had both eyes done in my early 60's. One of the best things I ever did!

  • heelsgirl05 Aug 2, 2012

    and in other news, the sky is blue! of course being able to see prevents falls. how much money was wasted on this "research?"