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Katrina Norfleet
Posted: 5/5/2014

Cataract surgery decreases risk of falls in older patients

Orlando, Fla. — New research finds that cataract surgery dramatically decreases the number of falls individuals suffer due to poor vision. The research is being presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) this week in Orlando, Fla. 

In a study of more than 400 Vietnamese patients who were 50-plus years old with cataracts in both eyes, the number of falls patients suffered before and after cataract surgery was monitored. Researchers found a 78% decrease in the risk of falls the year after patients had cataract surgery on one eye.

A cataract, which develops when the part of the eye known as the lens becomes cloudy, is a common eye condition in senior citizens that leads to dull or blurry vision. 

Abstract Title: A Longitudinal Study of the Impact of First and Second Eye Cataract Surgery on Falls in Vietnam
Presentation Start/End Time: Monday, May 5, 11:30 – 11:45am
Location: S 320CD
Session Number: 231

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The  Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)  is the largest eye and vision research organization in the world. Members include nearly 12,000 eye and vision researchers from over 75 countries. ARVO advances research worldwide into understanding the visual system and preventing, treating and curing its disorders. 

All abstracts accepted for presentation at the ARVO Annual Meeting represent previously unpublished data and conclusions. This research may be proprietary or may have been submitted for journal publication. Embargo policy: Journalists must seek approval from the presenter(s) before reporting data from paper or poster presentations. Press releases or stories on information presented at the ARVO Annual Meeting may not be released or published until the conclusion of the presentation.

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