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April 1997

Postoperative Management of Cataract Surgery Patients-Reply

Author Affiliations

Baltimore, Md

Arch Ophthalmol. 1997;115(4):564. doi:10.1001/archopht.1997.01100150566030

In reply  Our survey was not designed to determine whether the postoperative care of cataract surgery patients is better or worse when delivered by optometrists rather than ophthalmologists. We asked ophthalmologists and optometrists about the number of dilated fundus examinations, slit-lamp examinations, tonometry tests, and refractions that they performed for their cataract surgery patients because the guidelines promulgated by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research specify the number of times that each of these tests should be performed.1 These guidelines do not indicate the percentage of visits in which the tests should be performed. Because differences in the frequency of test use between ophthalmologists and optometrists may be partly explained by the fact that an ophthalmologist generally performs the first postoperative visit, the observed differences in test use between ophthalmologists and optometrists should not be the basis for making conclusions about

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