A retrospective cohort study conducted in Australia evaluated the fall risk of older adults after cataract surgeries. Medical records of approximately 28,400 elders were reviewed from 2001 to 2008. The data revealed that the risk of falling was doubled after the surgery on one eye, but before the second. This study does not suggest that cataract surgery is the cause of falls, but that they are somehow related. This is important information as the world’s population ages and suggests that surgery on the second eye should not be delayed for too long. What are some helpful counseling points that you give to patients to help prevent falls?
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