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October 1998

Relationship of Ocular Factors to the Incidence of Age-Related Maculopathy

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Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(10):1404-1405. doi:

I want to congratulate Klein et al1 for another of their always interesting and provocative analyses of the data from Beaver Dam, Wis. These data demonstrate a higher likelihood of progression of age-related maculopathy (odds ratio, 2.71) and a higher likelihood of developing signs of late age-related maculopathy (odds ratio, 2.8) among eyes that had undergone cataract extraction at baseline compared with phakic eyes. These data were gathered at baseline and 5 years later. Klein et al discuss inflammation and photic injury as possible causative factors to explain the observed association.

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