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Age of surgeon does not affect cataract surgery outcome

Should a patient undergoing cataract surgery be concerned if the ophthalmologist performing surgery is advanced in years?

Researchers poured over almost 500,000 cataract operations performed in Ontario, Canada between 2009 and 2013 to try and determine if older surgeons performing cataract surgery were linked to a higher incidence of adverse post-operative complications. The cases that were reviewed included ophthalmologists in early, mid and late career stages and included all ophthalmologists who performed surgery in Ontario within the study period that was used in the analysis. Researchers determined that late surgeon career stage was not linked to overall adverse surgical events. Adverse events were considered to be dropped lens fragments, posterior capsule rupture, suspected endophthalmitis and retinal detachment.*

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