November 26, 2014
Cataract Surgery
Wellness Tip

Cataract Surgery

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

Another reason not to put off cataract surgery if you need it: It can reduce the risk of breaking a hip, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

People over 65 with cataracts who underwent the procedure had a 16 percent lower risk of hip fracture during the following year, compared to people with cataracts who did not have them removed; those with severe cataracts had a 23 percent reduced risk.

Obviously, cataract surgery improves vision, and anything that improves vision helps improve balance and stability making it less likely that an older person will fall and break a bone.