Silver Book Fact

Medicare beneficiaries with vision loss from glaucoma are significantly more likely to be placed in a nursing home and to develop depression, 67% more likely to fracture a femur, and 58.% more likely to have a fall or an accident–compared to those with no vision loss.

Bramely, Thomas, Patti Peeples, John G. Walt, Marta Juhasz, and Jan E. Hansen. Impact of Vision Loss on Costs and Outcomes in Medicare Beneficiaries with Glaucoma. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008; 126(6): 846-56. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/126/6/849.pdf

Reference

Title
Impact of Vision Loss on Costs and Outcomes in Medicare Beneficiaries with Glaucoma
Publication
Arch Ophthalmol
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Bramely, Thomas, Patti Peeples, John G. Walt, Marta Juhasz, and Jan E. Hansen
Volume & Issue
Volume 126, Issue 6
Pages
846-56
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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