Cataract treat­ment could re­duce risk of hip frac­ture

Health & Nutrition - - HEALTH FLASH -

As­tudy pub­lished in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion re­veals that peo­ple aged 65 years and older who had cataract surgery had a 16% lower risk of hip frac­ture one year af­ter their surgery. Vi­sion plays an im­por­tant role in pos­tural bal­ance and sta­bil­ity, and cataract-in­duced changes in vi­sion have been found to be as­so­ci­ated with pos­tural in­sta­bil­ity. More­over, in other stud­ies, cataracts have been found to be the most com­mon cause of frac­ture-re­lated visual im­pair­ment, with un­treated cataracts caus­ing up to 49% of visual im­pair­ment in pa­tients of femoral neck frac­tures re­lated to de­creased vi­sion. Be sure to see your eye doc­tor for reg­u­lar checks to en­sure cataracts are di­ag­nosed and treated.

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