July 2009

 

CATARACT/ IOL

 

Left-handed cataract surgeons lower incidences of complications?


 

 

The incidence of posterior capsule tear and vitreous loss was found to be significantly lower in cataract surgeries performed by left-handed residents, according to a recent study.

Published in the June issue of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the retrospective study compared the incidence of intraoperative complications during cataract surgery performed by left-handed and right-handed residents. The researchers led by Jae Yong Kim M.D., Ph.D., Department of Ophthalmology, Asan Medical Center, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts, also sought to find predictor variables for complications in resident-performed surgery.

The researchers reviewed cataract extractions performed by postgraduate fourth-year residents from July 1, 2001, to June 30, 2006. The main outcomes were the incidence of posterior capsule tear and vitreous loss, the researchers wrote. Patient age and sex, laterality of surgical eye, presence of diabetes mellitus, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration, history of vitrectomy, axial length, pseudoexfoliation, small pupils, white cataract, posterior polar cataract, handedness of resident, and academic quarter during which surgery occurred, were the variables incorporated into univariate and multivariate logistic analyses.

The researchers concluded that handedness and patient age were significant predictor variables for posterior capsule tear and vitreous loss.

Reported by: EyeWorld News Services

Left-handed cataract surgeons lower incidences of complications? Left-handed cataract surgeons lower incidences of complications?
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