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Hypertension is the Prominent Risk Factor in Cataract Patients

2nd Department of Ophthalmology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 564 29 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Medicina 2019, 55(8), 430;
Received: 19 June 2019 / Revised: 29 July 2019 / Accepted: 31 July 2019 / Published: 2 August 2019
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Background and objectives: The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of the most prominent cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors in patients undergoing cataract surgery. Materials and Methods: The study included 812 consecutive patients undergoing unilateral, uneventful cataract surgery by means of phacoemulsification, at the 2nd Department of Ophthalmology, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, during a calendar year. Patients were assessed for the type of cataract and the presence of three diseases, under pharmacological treatment, that have been reported as risk factors for the development of cataract (arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and dyslipidemia). Results: There was a statistically significant difference between the types of cataract and individual risk factors (p < 0.001). Hypertension was the most frequentrisk factor, ranging from 43.8% in patients with subcapsular cataracts, 24.3% in patients with nuclear cataracts, 28.6% in patients with cortical cataracts, and 27.6% in patients with mixed type cataracts. There was a statistically significant difference as to the total number of risk factors per cataract type (p < 0.001); almost all patients with subcapsular cataracts had at least one risk factor (98.4%) while this percentage was 90.5% for patients with mixed cataracts, 85.7% for patients with cortical cataracts, and78.6% for patients with nuclear cataracts. Conclusions: Diabetes mellitus did not have a large incidence in our sample as a single risk factor, while hypertension did. This finding raises the importance of early detection of hypertension, a cardiovascular condition that typically progresses undetected for a number of years. View Full-Text
Keywords: cataract; arterial hypertension; diabetes mellitus; dyslipidemia cataract; arterial hypertension; diabetes mellitus; dyslipidemia
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Mylona, I.; Dermenoudi, M.; Ziakas, N.; Tsinopoulos, I. Hypertension is the Prominent Risk Factor in Cataract Patients. Medicina 2019, 55, 430.

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