There’s good news for cataract surgery patients: If you’ve had cataract surgery, your risk of hip fracture is significantly lower following cataract removal.
In a US study of 1.1 million Medicare patients 65 years and older, researchers found people who had cataract surgery had a 16 percent less risk of hip fracture one year after the procedure compared to those who didn’t have surgery.
Hip and other fractures among the elderly are a major health concern, and poor vision is a leading cause of fall-related injuries, disabilities and even death.
The results of this study show that the benefits of cataract surgery go far beyond helping people see more clearly in everyday activities — cataract surgery also lowers the risk of potentially disabling fractures in the elderly.
The study was reported in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).