Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Dr Owsley and colleagues1 found that adults with cataracts were less likely
to be involved in motor vehicle crashes if they underwent cataract surgery.
Owsley et al acknowledge that their study was not designed to measure the
potential impact of unilateral vs bilateral cataract surgery on risk of motor
vehicle crashes. It is possible, however, that having dissimilar vision in
the 2 eyes may actually increase the likelihood of crashes. For instance,
Felson et al2 found an increased risk of
falls and fractures among subjects with good vision in one eye and poor vision
in the other.
Javitt JC. Risk of Motor Vehicle Crashes in Patients With Cataract Surgery. JAMA. 2002;288(18):2262-2263. doi:10.1001/jama.288.18.2262