ClickCease Eye Health May Contribute to Earlier Death: New Study
08/19/07   |   By

Eye Health May Contribute to Earlier Death: New Study | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

5 stars

Older adults with cataracts or age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) are more likely to suffer an early death, according to new study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology.  Cataracts involve a clouding of the lens of the eye, and ARMD is a gradual deterioration of the back of the retina.  The authors of the study examined the link between the two conditions in more than 3,500 patients in a long-term eye health study.  Over an 11-year follow-up period, 54% of the patients with visual impairments died, compared to only 34% of those with no impairment.  Researchers note that though the relationship is not yet completely understood,  vision loss could contribute to a risk of earlier death by causing injuries, disability, a loss of independence and / or depression.  They also noted that patients with good vision who had previously undergone surgery to remove cataracts were not at risk of early death.  The report states that, “regular assessment of vision in older persons may lead to early detection, facilitating treatments that could reduce the impact of visual impairment.”

Previously on the D.C. Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog, we have posted articles related to:

  • Free senior eye exams
  • Elderly in nursing homes going without eye exams
  • A link between eye health and dementia in seniors

For information about your legal rights, please click here or call the law firm of Regan Zambri & Long, PLLC at (202) 463-3030.

TweetLikeEmailLinkedInGoogle Plus Tags: Nursing Home Negligence

Regan Zambri Long
Posted In
Share This Article

Schedule a Free Consultation

Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

Call 202-960-4596

  • Please do not send any confidential or sensitive information in this form. This form sends information by non-encrypted email, which is not secure. Submitting this form does not create an attorney-client relationship.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Back to Top