Cataract and survival in an elderly nondiabetic population

Arch Ophthalmol. 1993 May;111(5):675-9. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1993.01090050109039.


Follow-up ranging between 6 and 8 years of the survival of a cohort of 473 elderly nondiabetic subjects randomly selected from a small English town showed an age- and sex-adjusted association between nuclear cataract at the time of baseline examination and decreased survival (P = .002). Comparing those with and without nuclear cataract, the adjusted relative hazard for death was 1.52 (95% confidence interval, 1.15 to 1.99). This effect remained virtually unchanged when also adjusted for whether the subject reported ever having been a smoker.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cataract / mortality*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Diabetes Mellitus / mortality
  • England / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lens Nucleus, Crystalline / pathology
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Random Allocation
  • Survival Rate