Surgical Interventions for Age-Related Cataract

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Systematic Review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: October 2006

Workgroups: Vision Workgroup

In this Cochrane systematic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found that in people with age-related cataract, phacoemulsification results in better vision than extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) with sutures. Researchers also found evidence that ECCE with a lens implant results in better vision than intracapsular cataract extraction with glasses. They noted that phacoemulsification is not accessible to poorer countries because of cost.

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Riaz, Y., Mehta, J. S., Wormald, R., Evans, J. R., Foster, A., Ravilla, T., & Snellingen, T. (2006). Surgical interventions for age-related cataract. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2006 (4). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001323.pub2.