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Clinically Significant Cataract Associated with Greater Mortality Risk from Vascular Causes

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Clinically significant cataract is associated with an increased risk of death from vascular causes, such as stroke and heart attack, suggests research published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Cataract surgery is the only effective treatment for cataract – a major cause of blindness and visual impairment – and consequently the most performed ophthalmic procedure. It can be used by researchers as a surrogate for clinically significant cataract.

Several studies have looked at the association between cataract surgery and mortality from any cause but have produced conflicting results, so the authors set out to investigate the association ...