Cataract surgery in both eyes 'halves incidence of falls'

An Australian study clarifies the importance of overcoming wait times in public hospitals, eye specialists say

Falls incidence among older Australians with cataract may be halved for those who have operations on both eyes compared with single-eye surgery, a study suggests.  

Cataract surgery

The findings underline the importance of timely second-eye surgery to optimise mobility and healthy ageing, the researchers say.

The team drew on data from 409 patients (mean age 75) participating in the Falls in Older people with Cataract (FOCUS) study, who had been referred for bilateral cataract surgery at public hospitals in