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Invited Commentary
November 2015

The Universal Language of Cataract Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Tufts University School of Medicine, Waltham, Massachusetts
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015;133(11):1253. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.2925

Governmental health care organizations, such as Medicare, are increasingly evaluating the success of care based on patient outcomes and cost. As such, health care professionals will need to follow not only clinical outcomes but the subjective outcomes of patient satisfaction and the overall cost of care.1 Historically, assessing outcomes meant using visual acuity as a unit of measure for ophthalmology. However, most would agree that for cataract surgery, many additional factors should be taken into consideration when assessing the success of the procedure, including preoperative and intraoperative factors.

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