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The effect of cataract surgery on ocular dominance

Authors Schwartz R, Yatziv Y

Received 26 July 2015

Accepted for publication 26 August 2015

Published 14 December 2015 Volume 2015:9 Pages 2329—2333


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Roy Schwartz, Yossi Yatziv

Ophthalmology Department, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and The Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose: The aim of this study is to assess whether eye dominance may change after cataract surgery.
Methods: This is a prospective case series. Cataract surgery candidates were examined prior to surgery for best-corrected visual acuity, eye dominance, and handedness. Patients with ocular conditions that may affect visual acuity were excluded from the study. A month following surgery, best-corrected visual acuity and eye dominance examinations were repeated.
Results: The study included 33 patients with a mean age of 70.5±9.4 years. Eighteen patients (54.5%) had right eye dominance. Following surgery, seven patients (21.2%) had a change in eye dominance. The change in dominance was linked to improved visual acuity in the operated eye and to a younger age, although with no statistical significance.
Conclusion: This is the first study reported in the literature to show that ocular dominance is a plastic characteristic following cataract surgeries. The results may change the importance given to eye dominance measurement prior to surgeries that rely on this examination, such as monovision surgeries.

Keywords: monovision, cataract, dominance, refractive, surgery

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