Cataract Surgery Reduces Hip Fractures
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November 8, 2012
Middletown, NY - When one surgery can have two benefits, health care costs go down and health improves. Such is the case with cataract surgery. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that older adults who undergo cataract surgery are less likely to fall and break a hip, thus reducing the cost and discomfort of hip surgery. Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery (HVAS) encourages adults to pay attention to eye health and consult with an ophthalmologist regarding cataract treatment when needed.
“People may think they are too young for eye diseases such as cataracts, but cataracts can start developing as early as 40 or 50,” says Severin B. Palydowycz, MD, an ophthalmologist at HVAS. “When the eye lens becomes cloudy from a cataract, vision becomes blurry and distorted and the risk of tripping and falling goes up.”
With the aging of baby boomers, HVAS performs a growing number of surgeries to remove cataracts. People who have diabetes, smoke, drink, or spend a lot of time in the sun also are at a higher risk for developing cataracts. Less common causes are injury, exposure to certain types of radiation, and congenital eye conditions.
After a routine eye exam, an ophthalmologist may recommend new glasses, better lighting, or sunglasses as a first step. For others, surgery is the most effective treatment, especially when other eye problems such as age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy are present. Surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a new one is highly common and safe. An ophthalmologist makes a small incision in the cornea of the eye, removes the cloudy lens, and replaces it with an artificial plastic lens. The surgery can be performed at an ambulatory surgery center and does not require a hospital stay.
“It’s important to take precautions that help protect eyes from cataracts,” notes Dr. Palydowycz. “Wear sunglasses and a hat outdoors to block the bright sunlight. Stop smoking. Good nutrition also is important – fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants and other compounds that may lower cataract risk. Most importantly, see an eye doctor regularly so that any eye problems can be promptly diagnosed and treated.”
Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery, LLC, is located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 225, Middletown, NY 10941. For additional information, please call 845-692-9900.
Dr. Severin B. Palydowycz can also be reached at his practice, Tri-State Eye, located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Middletown, NY. For more information, please call 845-703-2020 or visit www.tristateeye.com.