Anthony Economou: Eye Surgery Can Come with Risks
A new study suggests that those who undergo cataract surgery face a higher risk of physical damage as the result of a fall. In response to the new information, ophthalmologist Dr. Anthony Economou explains a preferable course of action when treating
Boca Raton, Florida (I-Newswire) September 18, 2012 - According to a recent Reuters Health article, it is estimated that nearly one half of Americans who reach the age of 80 will develop cataracts at some point. For those unfamiliar with the condition, noted ophthalmologist Dr. Anthony Economou explains that a cataract usually forms in an individual’s eye when proteins cluster in the lens; those who develop cataracts are usually identified by the typical clouding of the eye’s lens. While the condition may negatively impact vision, there are surgeries available that can remove the cataract and improve vision.
However, the article notes that while previous studies have suggested that cataract removal can improve one’s risk of falling, new research shows that the risk may increase in the year after surgery, especially among those who receive “single-eye” surgery. The study, conducted in Western Australia, observed medical records of more than 15,000 Australian adults that had a first-time cataract surgery. The researchers found that “Overall, 600 were hospitalized for a fall-related hip fracture or other injury—either during the year before or the year after the eye surgery. And the risk, it turned out, was greater in the year after.” When other factors, such as preexisting medical conditions, were accounted for the team determined that the risk of hospitalization increased by 27 percent in the year following cataract surgery.
In the article, health experts speculate that this increased risk may be due to a combination of factors that require further study. However, the most predominant belief is that risk of falling increases because only one eye is free of a cataract. Anthony Economou responds to these findings, “I agree with the article and its stance that a bilateral cataract surgery would help improve depth perception and special orientation, in an effort to decrease the risk of falling. I encourage patients to discuss these risks with their doctors, as both parties should remain alert to fall risks and their potential consequences.”
In short, patients who have a cataract in both eyes should seek correction as soon as possible following the initial procedure. If a patient has developed cataracts in both eyes, the article notes that he or she can receive the second procedure two to six weeks after the first removal was conducted.
With 17 years of experience, Anthony Economou DO PC specializes in refractive errors and the management of glaucoma. Dr. Anthony Economou is certified in ophthalmology by the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology. In addition, Dr. Economou focuses on preventative health practices and is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Anthony Economou currently practices as part of the Ophthalmology Consultants of Tulsa. He has served the Tulsa community professionally for 15 years and has familial ties to the area.
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Published On:September 18, 2012
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