I believe too many people wait too long before having their cataracts removed.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) September 13, 2012
Dr. Mary Green, a Houston cataract surgeon at Eye Excellence in Houston, Texas commented on a recent article about cataract surgery and its relationship to preventing hip fractures. In a recent NY Times article by Roni Rabin, a recent study conducted by The Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that improved vision after cataract surgery can significantly reduce the chances of breaking a hip in a fall. In fact, patients in their 80s might reduce their chances by as much as 30%! The study also suggests that cataract removal can improve the quality of life of a patient, thus making them more active, more alert, and less depressed.
“This is elective surgery, and sometimes people think, ‘I’m too sick to have my cataracts out,’ or ‘I’m too old,’ ” said Dr. Anne L. Coleman, the study’s lead author and a professor of ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But the take-home message from this study is that if you’re starting to have vision problems and the doctor says you have cataracts, you should probably think of having them removed.” Medical Director at Eye Excellence and Cataract surgeon in Houston, TX, Dr. Mary Green agrees. “I believe too many people wait too long before having their cataracts removed. They should have the cataract removed when it begins to interfere with their quality of life,” says Dr. Green.
The study consisted of 410,809 patients who had cataract surgery during the study period against a number who had cataracts but did not elect to have them removed. The study adjusted for age, race, wealth, location, and those with physical and mental limiting conditions. Overall, those who had their cataracts removed were 16 percent less likely to have a hip facture due to a fall. During the study, 13,976 patients had a hip fracture within a one-year period of time.
Dr. Green is the medical director and founder of Eye Excellence in Houston, Texas. They specialize in no-stitch, no-shot cataract surgery using premium lens implants. Premium lens implants may reduce or even eliminate the need for glasses in some patients. To learn more about cataracts at Eye Excellence, please visit Eye Excellence or call 713-791-9494.
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*Dr. Mary Green, Medical Director and Cataract Surgeon at Eye Excellence in Houston, TX.
** Dr. Anne L. Coleman, Professor of Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.