I want to congratulate Klein et al1 for another of their always interesting and provocative analyses of the data from Beaver Dam, Wis. These data demonstrate a higher likelihood of progression of age-related maculopathy (odds ratio, 2.71) and a higher likelihood of developing signs of late age-related maculopathy (odds ratio, 2.8) among eyes that had undergone cataract extraction at baseline compared with phakic eyes. These data were gathered at baseline and 5 years later. Klein et al discuss inflammation and photic injury as possible causative factors to explain the observed association.
Jerry E. LeClaire. Relationship of Ocular Factors to the Incidence of Age-Related Maculopathy. Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(10):1404–1405. doi: