Visual Impairment Corrected Via Cataract Surgery and 5-Year Survival in a Prospective Cohort – Corrected Proof

Purpose: To compare mortality risk between cataract surgical patients with corrected and persistent visual impairment.Design: Cohort study.Methods: A total of 1864 consecutive patients, aged ≥64 years, undergoing phacoemulsification surgery at Westmead Hospital were followed annually for 5 years postoperatively. Visual impairment status in the surgical eye was categorized as none (presenting visual acuity [VA], ≥20/40), mild (VA <20/40-20/60), or moderate-severe (VA <20/60). All-cause mortality was obtained from the Australian National Death Index.Results: Of 901 patients with moderate-severe visual impairment before surgery, 60.4% (n = 544), 15.5% (n = 140), and 24.1% (n = 217) had no, mild, or moderate-severe visual impairment in the (Read more...)

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