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    Examining the impact of poor vision in a hospital setting

    Dr. WillisSacramento, CA—Understanding the magnitude of patients with poor vision in a hospital setting is crucial in developing interventions that potentially limit vision-related morbidity, such as falls, said Jeffrey R. Willis, MD, PhD.

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    “One-tenth of recently hospitalized older Americans have poor vision and may experience healthcare challenges,” said Dr. Willis, of the University of California Davis Eye Center, Sacramento, CA.

    Dr. Willis said falls are the number-one cause of injurious death in subjects older than 65 years, and they are associated with large medical and societal costs.

    One study found a two-fold higher risk of fall-related hip fractures in visually impaired inpatients (Lichtenstein MJ, et al. Risk factors for hip fractures occurring in the hospital. Am J Epidemiol. 1994;140:830-838).

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