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March 28, 2019

Association of Cataract Surgery With Driving Safety and Falls—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 3Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019;137(5):585-586. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.0396

In Reply We thank Dr Desapriya for the letter regarding our article, “Association of Cataract Surgery With Traffic Crashes.”1 We agree in the value of population-based research in providing a comprehensive, longitudinal, patient-level, self-matched analysis of important clinical outcomes, such as traffic crashes and falls. We also agree that many factors beyond impaired vision can contribute to adverse incidents and cataract surgery can only improve vision, contrast sensitivity, and glare, but not other factors that contribute to these incidents.2 The results also indicate that cataract surgery does not completely eliminate the risk of a traffic crash or fall.

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