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Half of Cataract Surgery Patients Undergo Unnecessary Tests
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Despite guidelines in 2002 that advised against precautionary testing of patients before cataract surgery, which is considered to be a safe, quick procedure, 53% were referred for low-benefit and costly tests days before their operations researchers have found.

A research team led by Catherine Chen, MD, and R. Adams Dudley, MD, of the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, conducted an analysis of more than 440,000 randomly sampled Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries who had a cataract removed in 2011. The team’s findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine Thursday.