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October 2001

The Presence of Cataract as a Predictor of Mortality

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(10):1563. doi:

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Dr Yablonski suggests that we adjust for the increased mortality rate in nonusers of aspirin to determine the effect of aspirin on cataract formation independent of its effect on mortality. Our analyses did adjust for differences in follow-up time among study participants and thus would account for any differences in mortality rates between users and nonusers of aspirin.

Concerning the issue of whether cataract is a marker for increased mortality, follow-up for those participants who developed cataract was stopped on the date of diagnosis; therefore, this issue does not seem relevant to the analysis.