Cataract surgery "reduces car crashes"

Cataract surgery "reduces car crashes"

Cataract surgery can potentially help to save lives by reducing the number of car crashes, a new study has indicated.

A team led by Dr Jonathon Ng, based at based at Curtin University and the Eye & Vision Epidemiology Research Group in Australia, notes that cataract surgery reduced the frequency of all crashes by 12.6 per cent after accounting for other factors.

The study, which analysed over 27,000 patients, suggested that the cost savings from the reduction in accidents amounted to AUD $4.3 million (£2.5 million), as well as potentially saving hundreds of lives.

"Each operation saved about AUD $150 in crash costs. By including all crashes rather than just fatal and hospitalisation crashes, all possible benefits of cataract surgery were taken into account," he explained.

In other research news, experts at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary have found that genetic screening could help to catch glaucoma early on so patients can be tracked and treated in time to save their sight.

by Martin Burns

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