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Cataract in Adults: Management of Functional Impairment

AHCPR Clinical Practice Guidelines, No. 4

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Rockville (MD): Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR); .
Report No.: 93-0542

Cataract surgery performed to redress functional impairment due to cataract in the adult is the most common surgical procedure performed on Americans age 65 and over. As a result, cataract surgery is a significant item in the Medicare budget. It is important to recognize the impact of cataract-related disability on an individual's ability to function autonomously. The goal of the guideline is to promote appropriate management of adults with functional impairment due to cataract. A distillation of a more extensive Guideline Report, the Clinical Practice Guideline serves as an easy-to-use reference for physicians and other health care providers. It consists of recommendations for providing the highest quality of care, based on an extensive review of the relevant literature and on expert opinion and panel consensus. Functional impairment due to cataract is a broad topic that includes the following considerations: ethical issues, natural history and risk factors, access to and referral for care, setting of care, preoperative tests, various aspects of surgery and preoperative management, postoperative care, rehabilitation, and YAG capsulotomy.

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Cataract Management Guideline Panel. Cataract in Adults: Management of Functional Impairment. Clinical Practice Guideline, Number 4. Rockville, MD. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. AHCPR Pub. No. 93-0542. Feb. 1993.

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