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Pilot Study of Individuals With Diabetic Macular Edema Undergoing Cataract Surgery

Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network Authors/Writing Committee
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014;132(2):224-226. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.6209.
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Although cataract surgery is performed in individuals with diabetes mellitus, data are limited regarding visual acuity (VA) or macular edema (ME) outcomes after surgery in eyes with diabetic ME (DME) at the time of surgery.1,2 Prior to an interventional study to try to improve long-term outcomes in these eyes, the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR.net) conducted an observational study (protocol at http://www.drcr.net) to assess factors affecting success of such an interventional trial. The primary goal of this study was to assess feasibility of recruitment and logistics of interaction among DRCR.net sites and cataract surgeons. Secondary goals were to describe the management of these eyes, any changes in ME (due to DME, postsurgical cystoid ME, or both), and short-term vision outcomes.

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