Measuring HbA1c levels before cataract surgery can help assess the risk for a patient with diabetes developing cystoid macular edema after cataract surgery, according to a study.
The prospective study included 93 patients, seven with type 1 diabetes and 86 with type 2 diabetes, who were scheduled for cataract surgery. The mean duration of diabetes was 14.8 years. Thirty-five patients were insulin dependent. Patient age, HbA1c concentration, topical and system medications, presence of diabetic maculopathy and age-related macular degeneration, intravitreal treatment and surgery were recorded.<