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November 13, 2002

Risk of Motor Vehicle Crashes in Patients With Cataract SurgeryRisk of Motor Vehicle Crashes in Patients With Cataract Surgery

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

In Reply: Dr Javitt highlights the data supporting the benefits of second-eye surgery for age-related cataract. These findings are also summarized in the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Preferred Practice Pattern report on cataract.1 In our study, the duration of time between first- and second-eye surgery was too short (12 weeks on average) to yield an adequate number of collisions to compare crash risk with that following second-eye surgery. Moreover, this was not our objective. Thus, without the statistical power to appropriately address this issue, we focused on a broader, yet practical, question.

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