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Retinal detachment is a serious complication of cataract surgery. The reported rate of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) after phacoemulsification and extracapsular cataract extraction ranges from 0 to 7.5%, with a mean of 1.4% and a median of 1.0%, in studies of follow-up ranging between 4 months and 18 years.1 The rate of RRD after resident-performed cataract surgery is unknown. This study was designed to determine the RRD rate after resident-performed cataract surgery over 10 years at two major hospitals associated with a university medical centre.
Permissions were obtained from the Institutional Review Boards of UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA). Billing codes and medical records identified all resident-performed cataract surgeries performed at the …