Binocular Disorders Linked to Falls, Fractures in Elderly

Medscape Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/16, Melville) reports that according to a study presented at an ophthalmology meeting, “disorders of binocular vision are associated with a significant increase in the risk for falls and fractures in the elderly, likely exceeding the more commonly recognized risks associated with cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.” After examining “a random sample of 5% of Medicare Part B physician claims for beneficiaries 65 years and older from 2002 to 2011,” then adjusting for confounding factors, researchers “found a 27% higher risk of injury in patients with disorders of binocular vision.” The study received funding from the National Eye Institute, among others.

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