JUL 16, 2014
This study found that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients who underwent cataract surgery experienced a significant improvement in visual acuity across varying levels of AMD severity.
The authors analyzed data from 793 AREDS2 patients.
After adjusting for covariates, the researchers found statistically significant gains in visual acuity from preoperative values (P < 0.0001) across all AMD severity groups, ranging from eyes with mild AMD to those with advanced AMD.
Additionally, there was a greater improvement in visual acuity with increasing severity of cortical and posterior subcapsular cataract opacities.
They conclude that patients with concurrent visually significant cataract and AMD should not be discouraged from undergoing cataract surgery.