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June 2016


JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016;134(6):613. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.3238

Concern has been raised that cataract surgery may be associated with the incidence or worsening of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Park and coauthors evaluate the associations between cataract surgery and AMD in the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, including results for cataract surgery status and AMD grading among 20 419 participants. The analyses did not identify any association between cataract surgery and any form of AMD except in left eyes, where cataract surgery was associated with late AMD, which might be a chance finding. The results do not provide evidence to support an association between cataract surgery and AMD among this Asian population in the current era of phacoemulsification.