PURPOSE: To determine whether intraocular lens (IOL) type affects patient driving habits 6 months to 5 years after cataract surgery, and to determine whether there were differences in self-reported driving habits between patients who received 1 of 2 IOLs.
SETTING: John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
DESIGN: Retrospective case series.
METHODS: Patients completed a telephone-administered Driving Habits Questionnaire (DHQ) 6 months to 5 years after having bilateral cataract surgery with a single-piece hydrophobic acrylic IOL, SN60WF (Group 1) or ZCB00 IOL (Group 2), in both eyes.
RESULTS: The study comprised 260 patients (130 in each IOL group). Of these, 117 in Group 1 and 114 in Group 2 were still active drivers. The DHQ response differences for each IOL group did not reach statistical significance, except for selfrated quality of driving and difficulties with driving at night. For these significant differences, contradictory results were found.
CONCLUSIONS: Patients with either of the monofocal IOLs had similar self-reported driving habits after bilateral cataract surgery. The choice of IOL did not affect patients' postoperative driving habits.