by: KRISTEN FISCHER
Older adults who have cataract, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or glaucoma are at a higher risk for falls and fractures, according to a new study. Glaucoma raises an individual’s risk for taking a spill or getting a fracture slightly more than the other eye diseases. The findings were published on Dec. 28 in JAMA Ophthalmology.
The researchers evaluated data from 3,434,196 people over the age of 18 in the United Kingdom. Data came from death records between 2007 and 2020. Some 410,476 people had cataracts, 75,622 had AMD and 90,177 had glaucoma.
The participants were matched with controls who didn’t have the eye diseases to gauge if there was an increased risk among those with a disease compared to those without one. The mean age of participants with cataracts was 73.8 years old, AMD (79.4 years old) and glaucoma (69.8 years old).