The effectiveness of cataract surgery in reducing motor vehicle crashes: a whole population study using linked data

Lynn B Meuleners, Delia Hendrie, Andy H Lee, Jonathon Q Ng, Nigel Morlet

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To evaluate the effectiveness of first eye cataract surgery on drivers aged 60 years and over at a population level.

METHODS: A retrospective before and after comparison of all police reported crashes for patients who had undergone first eye cataract surgery using linked Western Australia data for the period 1997-2006. An economic analysis by the type of crash was performed on the cost savings from cataract surgery for this cohort.

RESULTS: Of the 27,827 patients who underwent cataract surgery in one eye only, 1715 patients were involved in 1762 police reported crash events, either 1 year before (n = 941 crashes) or 1 year after (n = 821 crashes) cataract surgery. Results from Poisson generalized estimating equations showed a significant reduction of 12.7% (P = 0.034) in all police reported crashes 1 year after cataract surgery. The corresponding cost savings amounted to $4.3 million.

CONCLUSION: The findings are important for policy development to further improve driving outcomes among older drivers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-8
Number of pages6
JournalOphthalmic Epidemiology
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

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