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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 92-95

Effect of cataract surgery on diabetic retinopathy

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Benha University, Benha, Egypt
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Ministry of Health, Menofeya, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Asmaa A Mohammed
MBBCh, Quesna, El-Monofeya, 12 Azab Al-Leithy street, Quesna, Menofeya, 32631
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1110-208X.180320

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Objectives The aim of this study was to review articles on the effect of cataract surgery on diabetic retinopathy (DR). Of the reviewed publications, it was found that diabetic patients with mild-to-moderate DR are less likely to show progression of DR after phacoemulsification. Patients with severe nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy and proliferative diabetic retinopathy have high risk of progression. Elevated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) at the time of cataract surgery increases the risk for DR progression after surgery. Conclusion Currently, early surgery is favored before the development of significant DR rather than waiting for the cataract to become denser. All efforts should be made to stabilize DR before cataract surgery.

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