Study shows: Hip Fractures Less Likely After Cataract Surgery
Risk Reduction Most Significant for People in Their 80s and Those with Serious Illnesses
When older people have cataract surgery to improve their vision, they also lower their risk of falling and breaking a hip, says a national study. People in their 80s and those who have serious illnesses like heart disease are most likely to benefit: the research shows that these patients had about 30 percent fewer hip fractures in the year after they had cataract surgery. The study, published in the August edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), compared the rate of hip fractures in more than 400,000 Medicare patients who had cataract surgery with a matched group of patients who did not have their cataracts removed.
Overall, the greatest decrease in hip fracture risk was seen in patients aged 80 to 84 who had cataract surgery. Another notable group was patients with severe cataracts, for whom risk was reduced by 23 percent.