Cataract Surgery Associated With Reduced Mortality in Women

Share this content:
Cataract Surgery Associated With Reduced Mortality in Women
Cataract Surgery Associated With Reduced Mortality in Women

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For older women with cataract, cataract surgery is associated with lower all-cause and cause-specific mortality, according to a study published online Oct. 26 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Victoria L. Tseng, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues performed a prospective cohort study to examine the correlation between cataract surgery and total and cause-specific mortality in older women. Nationwide data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) clinical trial and observational study were linked to the Medicare claims database. A total of 74,044 women with cataract were included in the WHI, of whom 41,735 underwent cataract surgery; mortality rates were compared by cataract surgery status.

The researchers found that in both groups, the mortality rate was 2.56 per 100 person-years. Cataract surgery was correlated with lower all-cause mortality in covariate-adjusted models (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.4), as well as lower vascular-, cancer-, accidental-, neurologic-, pulmonary-, and infectious diseases-specific mortality (adjusted hazard ratios, 0.42, 0.31, 0.44, 0.43, 0.63, and 0.44, respectively).

"Whether this association is explained by the intervention of cataract surgery is unclear. Further study of the interplay of cataract surgery, systemic disease, and disease-related mortality would be informative for improved patient care," the authors write.

Abstract/Full Text
Editorial (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

Automated Central System Offers Time Savings for Pharmacists

Automated Central System Offers Time Savings for Pharmacists

Cart-fill process using new automated system is more efficient, frees up time for other roles

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Can Help Alleviate PTSD in Veterans

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Can Help Alleviate PTSD in ...

Study found statistically and clinically significant reduction in PTSD scores after six weeks of THR

Bariatric Surgery Linked to Discontinuing Diabetes Meds

Bariatric Surgery Linked to Discontinuing Diabetes Meds

Six-year antidiabetes treatment initiation rate also much lower after bariatric surgery

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »