Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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Older Women with Mild Cataracts Face Greatest Risk of Hip Fracture

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An especially high rate of hip fracture... has been reported among older women... with poor vision in one eye, a problem... primarily caused by cataracts. Of the esti-... mated 250,000 hip fractures that occ... annually in the US, 40,000 are now estim-... mated to be caused by poor vision... especially among older women.

Researchers say that older adults with... moderately reduced vision (20/30... 20/80) have nearly three times great... risk of falling and breaking their hip the... do older adults with 20/20 vision. The... risk of hip fracture was 3% among old... adults with good vision, but rose to 8.5... among those with moderately reduced... vision and 11.3% among those with po-... vision (less than 20/100).

Older adults, especially elder... women whose bones are more brittle... who are living with mildly diminished... vision in one eye should seek regular ex-... examinations and consider consultation... for cataract surgery. An estimated one... four senior adults wait until their cata-... racts reach a more advanced stage before... having them removed. Approximately... 60% of the nation's 42 million senior... ...ged adults experience vision changes ...om cataracts, most of which are in their ...arly stages of development.

For more information, contact the ...society of Geriatric Ophthalmology, 73 ...second Street, South Orange, NJ 07079.…

(ProQuest: ... denotes obscured text omitted.)

An especially high rate of hip fracture... has been reported among older women... with poor vision in one eye, a problem... primarily caused by cataracts. Of the esti-... mated 250,000 hip fractures that occ... annually in the US, 40,000 are now estim-... mated to be caused by poor vision... especially among older women.

Researchers say that older adults with... moderately reduced vision (20/30... 20/80) have nearly three times great... risk of falling and breaking their hip the... do older adults with 20/20 vision. The... risk of hip fracture was 3% among old... adults with good vision, but rose to 8.5... among those with moderately reduced... vision and 11.3% among those with po-... vision (less than 20/100).

Older adults, especially elder... women whose bones are more brittle... who are living with mildly diminished... vision in one eye should seek regular ex-... examinations and consider consultation... for cataract surgery. An estimated one... four senior adults wait until their cata-... racts reach a more advanced stage before... having them removed. Approximately... 60% of the nation's 42 million senior... ...ged adults experience vision changes ...om cataracts, most of which are in their ...arly stages of development.

For more information, contact the ...society of Geriatric Ophthalmology, 73 ...second Street, South Orange, NJ 07079.

10.3928/0098-9134-19900101-19

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