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Invited Commentary
June 2016

Further Evidence That Cataract Surgery Is Not Associated With Macular Degeneration Progression

Author Affiliations
  • 1Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016;134(6):627. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.0564

The study by Park et al1 in JAMA Ophthalmology provides further evidence that cataract surgery is not associated with the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), particularly in an Asian population. Studies regarding a possible association between cataract surgery and AMD have reported conflicting results.2 While early studies found an association of cataract surgery with AMD,3 studies using Age-Related Eye Disease Study data have not shown this association.4 Importantly, cataract surgery has also been shown not to result in an increased number of required intravitreous injections in those patients actively on treatment for neovascular AMD.5

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