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Does IOL selection at the time of cataract surgery affect driving habit?

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First Author: G.Beiko CANADA

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Purpose:

To determine if the IOL implanted at the time of cataract surgery affects the driving habits and crash risk of operated patients.

Setting:

Private Practise

Methods:

Retrospective analysis of patients who met the visual requirements for a drivers license following cataract surgery and had bilateral implantation of the same lens. The patients had at least 2 years of follow-up. Two groups of patients were identified; each with one of two types of acrylic IOLs. Both groups were given the Driving Habits Questionnaire, which has been extensively evaluated, by a single investigator.

Results:

90 patients agreed to participate in the study; 51 had acrylic IOL type A and 39 had acrylic IOL type B. The demographics of the two groups were similar for age, sex, diabetes, glaucoma and IOL power implanted. There was a significant difference between the groups in driving habit; Group A was more likely to have road traffic accidents (P=0.066) and less likely to drive at the same speed or faster than general flow of traffic (P= 0.094). There was a tendency for Group A to be less likely to have travelled beyond their immediate neighbourhood, to be less likely to rate their quality of driving at average or above and to be more likely to have difficulty driving at night; but this did not reach significance.

Conclusions:

At two years postoperatively, the choice of IOL implanted at the time of cataract surgery may have an impact on driving habit and crash risk. FINANCIAL INTEREST: One of more of the authors... receives consulting fees, retainer, or contract payments from a company producing, developing or supplying the product or procedure presented, One of more of the authors... research is funded, fully or partially, by a competing company, One of more of the authors... research is funded, fully or partially, by a company producing, developing or supplying the product or procedure presented

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