Incidence and Progression of Epiretinal Membranes in Eyes After Cataract Surgery – Corrected Proof

Purpose: To assess eye-specific epiretinal membrane (ERM) incidence 3 years after phacoemulsification surgery, and ERM detection bias attributable to cataract.Design: Cohort study.Methods: We recruited 1932 cataract surgical patients aged ≥64 years at Westmead Hospital (2004-2007). The surgical eye of each patient was assessed for presence of cellophane reflex or preretinal fibrosis at preoperative and 1-month-postoperative visits, and annually thereafter, using retinal image grading. Agreement on ERM detection between preoperative and 1-month-postoperative visits was assessed using kappa statistics. Cumulative incidence of ERM from 1 month to 3 years postoperatively was estimated using Kaplan-Meier methods and compared to the 5-year incidence of idiopathic (Read more...)

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