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Clinician's Corner
July 9, 2003

Recent Advances and Future Frontiers in Treating Age-Related Cataracts

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Fellow, Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, Rockville Centre (Dr Solomon) and Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital (Dr Donnenfeld), New York, NY.


Contempo Updates Section Editor: Sarah Pressman Lovinger, MD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2003;290(2):248-251. doi:10.1001/jama.290.2.248

Cataracts, which are the leading cause of blindness worldwide,13 affect approximately 6 million individuals annually.1 Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the United States with more than 1.5 million operations annually.4 More than half of the population older than 65 years develops age-related cataracts with visual disability related to cataracts, accounting for more than 8 million physician office visits each year.5