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November 13, 2002

Risk of Motor Vehicle Crashes in Patients With Cataract Surgery

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2002;288(18):2262-2263. doi:10.1001/jama.288.18.2262

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.

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