Cataract surgery may actually lower the risk of hip fracture. “You may wonder what cataract surgery has to do with preventing hip fractures?” commented NY Cataract Surgeon Satish Modi, M.D. Recent studies suggest that cataract surgery may offer patients with cataracts a distinct advantage in preventing and lowering the risk of hip fractures. A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association evaluated the risk of hip fracture among more than 1 million people on Medicare aged 65 with cataracts. The researchers found people who had cataract surgery had a 16% lower risk of hip fracture one year after the procedure. Visual impairment from cataracts-whether from blurry vision, glare, halos or decreased contrast-is a known risk factor for falls. Thus when we improve vision for patients with cataracts, their mobility is typically improved as well as their confidence and the safety with which they navigate. A hip or pelvis fracture is the sentinel event that leads to a progressive decline in quality of life and usually signifies increased mortality and morbidity. Accidental falls and the resulting bone fractures are a major cause of disability and death among the elderly. “The key here is that there is a demonstrated need for timely cataract surgery for seniors in order to manage the risk of challenged mobility with resulting fractures. We are quite fortunate-and it is really rewarding-to be able to provide cataract patients with modern patient friendly cataract surgery on an outpatient basis that utilizes tiny incisions, eye drops for anesthesia and a quick visual recovery,” summarized Dr. Modi.
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