Cataract Surgery and Mortality in Older Women

Cataract Surgery and Mortality in Older Women

Winter has always been my least favorite season, despite my Canadian heritage! This month I will share the results of study that examined whether having cataract surgery affects the mortality of older women.

This large scale longitudinal study was designed to examine the association between cataract surgery and mortality in older women with cataract.

Of a total of 74,044 women over age 65 studied, 41,735 underwent cataract surgery. The group who underwent cataract surgery had a lower mortality for all causes including vascular, cancer, accidental, neurologic, pulmonary and infectious.

This study indicates that cataract surgery improves the health status and functional independence of women which lowers their risk of dying from various causes.

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