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, according to new research.
The study is the first to evaluate the association between fractures and disorders of binocular vision in the Medicare database, the largest and most comprehensive data source of its kind in the United States.
"This association has not been previously explored, and it was unclear whether these disorders had a specific impact on morbidity in the elderly," said lead author Stacy Pineles, MD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute in Los Angeles.
"However, it makes sense that the rate is higher. Patients with disordered binocular vision may have more difficulty with depth perception and perceiving obstacles in space if they have double vision," she told Medscape Medical News.http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/823648
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