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April 1997

Postoperative Management of Cataract Surgery Patients

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Alexandria, Va

Arch Ophthalmol. 1997;115(4):564. doi:10.1001/archopht.1997.01100150566029

I would like to remark about an article by Bass et al1 that appeared in the September 1996 issue of the Archives. The manner in which the data were presented will certainly skew the reader toward concluding that ophthalmologic care for postoperative patients is superior to that of optometric care.

First, the authors discovered that 88% of responding ophthalmologists reported 4 or more postoperative visits. However, most optometrists (78%) claimed that they saw patients only 3 or more times after surgery (probably because 97% of the doctors of medicine claimed to perform the first postoperative examination). Realizing this difference, it was pointless for the authors to then question the doctors of medicine and the doctors of optometry on the total number of slit-lamp, tonometry, and dilated fundus examinations if the doctors of medicine have just admitted seeing these patients more times overall. A more intelligent presentation of the data

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