Cataract surgery can reduce hip fracture risk in the elderly

Researchers examined data on 1.1 million Americans aged 65 years and older diagnosed with cataract during a seven-year period, in the largest study of visual impairment due to cataract and its association with fracture.

Drawing on US Medicare data, they found that among patients with cataract, 36.9% had it surgically treated.

Having the procedure was associated with a 16% decrease in the odds of hip fracture one year later, the study found.

And patients with severe cataract had an even greater likelihood of benefit with a 23%