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Cataract surgery may help lower hip fracture risk

The blurred vision that accompanies cataracts can raise your risk of fracture-related falls. But a recent study suggests that if you have cataract surgery, you'll be less likely to suffer a hip fracture due to falling. A study in the August 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people age 65 and older who underwent cataract surgery faced much lower odds of hip fractures in the year following their operations compared with similar adults who did not have surgery on their cataracts. Researchers noted that clear vision contributes significantly to postural balance and stability, and that cataract-induced changes in vision are associated with instability and a greater fall risk. The study found that people who wait just six months to have cataract surgery have higher fall risks.

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