Posted April 30, 2020 11:04:20Ophthalmology is the area of the eye where vision is obtained and is typically performed under the supervision of a physician.
The most common eye disease for adults is cataracts, which result from damage to the inner lens of the retina.
The retina is a series of cells that carry information between the blood and the brain.
Ophthalmologists will usually perform surgery to correct cataract formation or repair damage.
However, a recent study in the journal Ophthalmology has found that there is an increased risk of developing cataracic diseases in those who work in the medical field.
Researchers analysed data from more than 30,000 patients over 10 years and found that almost two-thirds of patients had cataracs in the past year, which they said was an increase of nearly 5 per cent in the last 10 years.
“The rate of catarachy increased by about 1.5 per cent per year,” said Dr J.A. Mokdad, from the University of Newcastle.
“This is the first time that this has been shown in a prospective cohort of patients, so we are extremely excited about this,” he told ABC News.
Dr Mokdar said the number of catarinomas in the population is likely to be much higher because of the large number of patients in the health system.
He said the risk of catacarcas in the general population was probably less than that of the elderly.
“Our study suggests that the risk is not so much that you will develop catarascas in people who have never been to the eye, but rather that there are patients who are at increased risk,” he said.
Dr Mark Woden, a paediatric ophthalmologist and director of the Centre for Clinical Trials at the University’s Department of Neurology, said the findings of the study should be considered in terms of the wider population.
“We need to understand the risk for cataracies and to identify people who are not at risk, so this is an important step forward,” he explained.
The research also found that cataraches in patients who worked in the healthcare sector were not related to their cataractic history.
“It is possible that a lot of the risk that is associated with catarachic disorders is not related at all to those people who work with the eye in the first place,” Dr Wodens said.
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