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J Am Geriatr Soc. 2006 Jul;54(7):1089-94.

Effect of cataract surgery on falls and mobility in independently living older adults.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294, USA. mcgwin@uab.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the effect of cataract surgery on the occurrence of falls and mobility and balance problems in older adults with cataract.

DESIGN:

Longitudinal follow-up study.

SETTING:

Clinical Research Unit, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

PARTICIPANTS:

Persons aged 55 and older with a cataract were recruited from 12 eye clinics in Alabama from October 1994 through March 1996. Participants were classified into two groups: those who had cataract surgery (surgery group, n=122) and those who had not (no-surgery group, n=92).

MEASUREMENTS:

At baseline and 1-year follow-up visits, information on the occurrence of falls and mobility and balance problems was collected based on subjects' recall of events during the prior 12 months.

RESULTS:

After adjusting for demographic, behavioral, medical, and visual characteristics, there was no difference between the two groups in the likelihood of falling (risk ratio (RR)=0.96, 95% confidence interval (CI)=0.64-1.42) or in having mobility (RR=0.81, 95% CI=0.55-1.18) or balance difficulties (RR=0.71, 95% CI=0.37-1.39).

CONCLUSION:

Cataract surgery had no association with the occurrence of falls or mobility or balance problems in independently living older adults with a cataract.

PMID:
16866680
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