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The Influence of Vision on Balance, Gait and Falls

This study has been completed.
Helse Midt-Norge
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Norwegian University of Science and Technology Identifier:
First received: September 20, 2005
Last updated: January 16, 2017
Last verified: January 2017
Falls are the most serious and frequent home accident amongst elderly. Most falls occur during walking. Vision is reduced with ageing and visual impairments affect balance. Uncorrected visual deficits and balance problems are reported to be risk factors for falls and fall related fractures. The present project uses a longitudinal design and aims at assessing the impact of cataract surgery on balance and gait as risk factors for falls.

Condition Intervention
Procedure: Cataract surgery

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Effect of Cataract Surgery on Gait, Balance and Falls in Older Persons

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Falls [ Time Frame: over one year ]
  • Visual function [ Time Frame: pre surgery, 6-9 weeks and 1 year post surgery ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Health related Quality of Life [ Time Frame: pre surgery, 6-9 weeks and one year after surgery ]
  • Gait [ Time Frame: pre surgery, 6-9 weeks and one year after surgery ]
  • Fear of falling [ Time Frame: pre surgery, 6-9 weeks and one year after surgery ]

Enrollment: 148
Study Start Date: January 2004
Study Completion Date: December 2009
Primary Completion Date: March 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
post cataract surgery Procedure: Cataract surgery
surgery one one or two eyes by use of two different types of lenses and correcting for refraction

Detailed Description:
A longitudinal design is used, where subjects referred to the Cataract Unit are tested 1-3 weeks in advance of the surgery, and 4-6 weeks and 12 months after the surgery. Outcome measures are visual function, falls, balance and gait. Secondary outcome is quality of life, fear of falling and daily life functioning

Ages Eligible for Study:   70 Years and older   (Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Elderly patients (70 years and older) referred to cataract surgery in StOlavs Hospital, Trondheim Norway.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • >70 years of age
  • referred to cataract surgery on one or both eyes
  • able to walk unassisted at least 10 m

Exclusion Criteria:

  • terminal illness
  • have undergone orthopedic surgery in the lower limbs the last 12 months
  • Have had a stroke last 12 months
  • dementia (measured by MMSE <20
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00218894

Section of Geriatric Medicine, St. Olavs University Hospital
Trondheim, Norway, N-7016
Sponsors and Collaborators
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Helse Midt-Norge
Principal Investigator: Olav Sletvold, Professor Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  More Information

Responsible Party: Norwegian University of Science and Technology Identifier: NCT00218894     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 196-03
Helse Midt-Norge
Study First Received: September 20, 2005
Last Updated: January 16, 2017

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lens Diseases
Eye Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017