Helping older patients see better may prevent hip fractures.
The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that having surgery to correct cataracts may reduce the risk of hip fractures among elderly.
According to US News and World Report, a cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens. Symptoms of cataracts can include blurry vision, glare and poor night vision. As a result, people with cataracts may be more prone to falls.
Bone fractures due to falls are a major cause of disability and death among the elderly, according to WebMD. Fall-related injuries cost the US more than $10 billion in health care costs in 2000, according to researchers.
In the paper, researcher Victoria Tseng, MD, of Brown University, wrote, “Cataract surgery has already been demonstrated to be a cost-effective intervention for visual improvement. The results in this study suggest the need for further investigation of the additional potential benefit of cataract surgery as a cost-effective intervention.”
Gerald McGwin, who has studied the effects of cataract surgery said, “Fracturing a hip is at the tip of the iceberg.” He added that there are a lot of other consequences to poor eyesight in adults.