Cataract surgery: why older doctors are still smooth operators

Being in a later career stage isn't associated with an increased risk of complications, study finds

Late-career surgeons perform a large proportion of cataract operations, and they do it with an overall low rate of adverse events, a Canadian study suggests.

In recent years, researchers have analysed whether surgeons' age affects their skills, dexterity and risk for mistakes in the operating room, the study authors note in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Ageing populations are creating a demand for healthcare that can't be met by younger surgeons alone, according to lead study author Dr Robert Campbell of Queen's University, Ontario.

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"We're reliant on late-career surgeons to provide a large portion of surgical care," Dr Campbell says.

"Understanding how that