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MILAN — Cataract surgery in patients with retinal vascular disease requires careful preoperative evaluation, pre-treatment and constant postoperative monitoring, according to one surgeon.
At the annual joint meeting of Ocular Surgery News and the Italian Society of Ophthalmology, Keith A. Warren, MD, defined the combination of cataract surgery and retinal vascular disease as "the perfect storm." Surgeons should be well-prepared to deal with it and the potential consequences, considering that 15% of cataract patients in the U.S. have diabetes and 5% to 7% have a history of retinal vein occlusion. Consultation with a vitreoretinal specialist is highly recommended.
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