Cataract Surgery Reduces Risk of Injury in Elderly

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How can senior citizens protect themselves from bodily injury and reduce the risk of hip fractures? A recent study found that patients who had undergone cataract surgery significantly reduced their risk of hip fractures and other injuries. Los Angeles Eye Specialist Dr. Babak Shabatian advises older adults to undergo routine eye exams to detect cataracts which can be corrected to improve overall quality of life.

...Cataract vision correction surgery significantly improves vision and quality of life, while reducing the risk of bodily injuries

Each year, about one-third of adults over age 65 suffer from fall-related injuries, according to a report from The World Health Organization (WHO), many of which could be prevented. Older adults are prone to hip fractures or head trauma from falling, which can impact their ability to live independently and can lead to an earlier death. Los Angeles Cataract Surgeon Dr. Babak Shabatian recommends that adults over 40 should have yearly comprehensive vision exams to prevent injuries caused by impaired vision. These annual exams screen for problems such as cataracts, which often develop very gradually, and can be corrected in a safe, effective procedure.

Cataracts are a result of the clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye which can significantly impact vision. They are most common in adults over the age of 55, but patients of any age can be afflicted with the eye disease. Cataract symptoms form slowly and can include difficulty reading, blurry vision, sensitivity to light, trouble seeing at night, and reduced intensity of colors. Dr. Shabatian recommends a comprehensive eye exam for patients who experience symptoms of cataracts, which can be treated safely and effectively with cataract surgery.

“As people age, vision changes, and visual changes can impact a person’s ability to maintain balance, stability and mobility,” said Dr. Shabatian. “Having cataract vision correction surgery significantly improves vision and quality of life, while reducing the risk of bodily injuries.”

Recent research in the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) followed Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older with a diagnosis of cataracts to determine if cataract removal surgery would impact the rate of falls. Published in the August edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the research found that patients who had undergone cataract surgery reduced their risk of hip fracture by 16 percent compared to patients who had not had the procedure.

"Our study suggests that people should never be regarded as 'too old' to have their cataracts removed," said Dr. Anne L. Coleman, AAO Secretary for Quality of Care. "In fact, the greatest reduction in hip fracture risk was in patients who had cataract surgery when they were in their 80s."

Cataract surgery is one of the safest, most commonly performed procedures in the United States. Dr. Shabatian emphasized that cataract surgery recovery is much simpler than treatment for a fractured hip, which is costly and can affect independence.

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About Dr. Babak Shabatian
Dr. Babak Shabatian is a Board-Certified Ophthalmic Surgeon who practices comprehensive ophthalmology with a focus on advanced cataract surgery and LASIK. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and was Chief Resident at the prestigious North Shore – Long Island Jewish Hospital. He completed fellowship training in retina and vitreous diseases at SUNY Downstate and Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He is frequently invited to lecture on topics of refractive and advanced cataract surgery. He has performed thousands of procedures with excellent and predictable results, and has a sense of compassion and positive energy with his patients. Dr. Shabatian states that eye surgery gives him the opportunity to transform lives in minutes, and he is committed to ensuring that his patients have a great experience at every level of their care.

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CaliEye has a team of committed, experienced professionals who offer only the greatest quality of care and safety to every one of our patients. Dr. Shabatian has performed thousands of procedures in Southern California using only the most state of the art equipment. CaliEye will address all of your questions and concerns with the highest level of respect and understanding. To learn more, call (310) 909-8880 or visit

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