First Eye Cataract Surgery and Hospitalization from Injuries Due to a Fall: A Population-Based Study
Article first published online: 6 AUG 2012
© 2012, Copyright the Authors Journal compilation © 2012, The American Geriatrics Society
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume 60, Issue 9, pages 1730–1733, September 2012
How to Cite
J Am Geriatr Soc 60:1730–1733, 2012.
- Issue published online: 17 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 6 AUG 2012
- Australian Research Council Discovery Grant
- cataract surgery;
- population-based study
To assess the association between first eye cataract surgery and hospitalization from injuries due to a fall in older adults at the population level.
Retrospective population-based study.
Western Australian Hospital Morbidity Data System and Western Australian mortality data.
Six hundred individuals aged 60 and older hospitalized from injuries due to a fall between 2004 and 2008 in Western Australia.
Hospital admission from injuries due to a fall.
Of the 15,295 individuals who underwent cataract surgery in one eye only, 600 (3.9%) were involved in 625 hospital admissions from injuries due to a fall 1 year before (n = 273) or 1 year after (n = 352) first eye cataract surgery; 30% of these hospitalizations were for femoral neck fractures. Poisson generalized estimating equations confirmed 27% more (adjusted risk ratio = 1.27, 95% confidence interval = 1.04–1.56 P = .02) hospitalizations from injuries due to a fall in the year after first eye cataract surgery than in the year before.
First eye cataract surgery was associated with more hospital admissions from injuries due to a fall in the year after cataract surgery than in the year before. Further research is needed to determine the underlying causes and reasons.