Your Vision and Your Hips: There’s a Connection!

As we age, our visual acuity begins to decay.  It’s just a fact of life.  But ignoring it or procrastinating your response can have consequences that are worse than dealing with the problem in a timely manner.

It has been known for some time that bone fracture risk is linked to poor eyesight. A new study reveals just how profound the linkage is.  In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (vol. 308, p. 493), medical records of more than a million Medicare beneficiaries who had cataracts were reviewed.  The patients who underwent cataract surgery lowered their risk of hip fracture by 16 percent.  A subset of patients who had severe cataracts who had them removed reduced their risk by 23% one year following surgery.

“Patients who have the surgery tell me it is life changing,” said opthamologist Dr. Mark Flugman in Rockville Centre, New York, who has done thousands of these procedures. “It is a quality of life issue that improves the patient’s ability to really enjoy life.”

And now we know it is a wonderful way to decrease the chance of bone fractures as well.


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