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Contempo Updates | Clinician's Corner

Recent Advances and Future Frontiers in Treating Age-Related Cataracts

Renée Solomon, MD; Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD
JAMA. 2003;290(2):248-251. doi:10.1001/jama.290.2.248.
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Cataracts, which are the leading cause of blindness worldwide,13 affect approximately 6 million individuals annually.1 Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the United States with more than 1.5 million operations annually.4 More than half of the population older than 65 years develops age-related cataracts with visual disability related to cataracts, accounting for more than 8 million physician office visits each year.5

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Figure. Locations of Age-Related Cataract, Sagittal Section
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Sagittal section through the anterior segment of the eye, demonstrating the common locations of age-related cataract formation, including nuclear, cortical, and posterior subcapsular cataracts. Patients may demonstrate 1 type of cataract or components of more than 1 type in either or both eyes.

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