Journal of the Nigerian Optometric Association

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Prognosis of senile cataract extraction with increasing age

FK Idu, OB Ajayi


In order to determine the prognosis of senile cataract extraction with increasing age, a case series of 240 patients without ocular or systemic comorbidity aged 51 to 80 years who underwent intracapsular cataract extraction (ICCE), and extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE), between January 1991 andDecembers 2000 was studied. The results revealed a significant difference in the visual acuity outcome between the
different age groups (P<0.05). There was a strong negative correlation between age and the final visual acuity after cataract extraction r =-0.91(P<0.012) showing a decrease in visual acuitywith increasing age. Age range of 61-65 had the best visual acuityoutcome (6/9) after ICCE, while age range 51-55 hadthe best visual acuity outcome (6/7.5) after ECCE. In both ICCE and ECCE, age range 76-80 had the worst final
visual acuity outcome 6/24 and 6/18 respectively. From this study, it is concluded that there is poor prognosis of senile cataract extraction with increasing age.
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