Outcomes of cataract surgery with residents as primary surgeons in the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System

Abhishek R. Payal, Luis A. Gonzalez-Gonzalez, Xi Chen, Tulay Cakiner-Egilmez, Amy Chomsky, Elizabeth Baze, David Vollman, Mary G. Lawrence, Mary K. Daly

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Purpose To explore visual outcomes, functional visual improvement, and events in resident-operated cataract surgery cases. Setting Veterans Affairs Ophthalmic Surgery Outcomes Database Project across 5 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. Design Retrospective data analysis of deidentified data. Methods Cataract surgery cases with residents as primary surgeons were analyzed for logMAR corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) and vision-related quality of life (VRQL) measured by the modified National Eye Institute Vision Function Questionnaire and 30 intraoperative and postoperative events. In some analyses, cases without events (Group A) were compared with cases with events (Group B). Results The study included 4221 cataract surgery cases. Preoperative to postoperative CDVA improved significantly in both groups (P < .0001), although the level of improvement was less in Group B (P = .03). A CDVA of 20/40 or better was achieved in 96.64% in Group A and 88.25% in Group B (P < .0001); however, Group B had a higher prevalence of preoperative ocular comorbidities (P < .0001). Cases with 1 or more events were associated with a higher likelihood of a postoperative CDVA worse than 20/40 (odds ratio, 3.82; 95% confidence interval, 2.92-5.05; P < .0001) than those who did not experience an event. Both groups had a significant increase in VRQL from preoperative levels (both P < .0001); however, the level of preoperative to postoperative VRQL improvement was significantly less in Group B (P < .0001). Conclusion Resident-operated cases with and without events had an overall significant improvement in visual acuity and visual function compared with preoperatively, although this improvement was less marked in those that had an event.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-384
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of cataract and refractive surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


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