Cataract Surgery May Reduce Fractures

In an article published in Ophthalmology Times, September 2012, results from over 400.000 Medicare patients who had a diagnosis of cataracts, were studied to determine if patients who undergo cataract surgery have a lower incidence of hip fracture. It was found that patients who had cataract surgery showed a statistically significant, 16% lower incidence of hip fracture.

These results indicate that patients, age 75 and older with severe cataract symptoms had an even greater propensity for reduced risk of hip fracture. According to the authors of the study, “Other literature has shown that patients who undergo surgery for their cataract have improved vision-related quality of life. Our study indicates that a decreased rate of hip fracture may be another benefit of cataract surgery.”