Cataract surgery isn’t simply about correcting your eyesight, it’s actually a surgery that has been proven to reduce the chances of falling over due to poor vision. A large study conducted by Jama that included over a million Medicare patients who needed cataract surgery, observed that those with cataract surgery have a clear reduced risk for hip fracture compared to those who avoided having cataract surgery.
While providing studies such as these are helpful to determine the need for cataract surgery, it’s not hard to imagine that falling and fractures are often due to poor vision. Even those of us with healthy eyesight face the same risk of tripping over obstacles when we lack up-to-date prescription eyewear.
One of the most important aspects of the study by Jama is that cataract surgery reduces the chances for hip fractures, specifically. Hip fractures are one of the leading causes of illness and death in the elderly, and considering cataract surgery is an important step in securing a long, enjoyable retirement.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the world because people value their eyesight & understand the major benefits outweigh the low risks involved. Speak with one of our ophthalmologists to discuss your particular visual needs & when is the best time for you to consider cataract surgery.