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A 61-year-old female asked:

can a person go blind if they don't have cataract surgery? with hi bp reading,eye surgeon refused me surgery,how do i get white coat hypertension away

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ifeoma Nnaji
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Yes: Cataract is one of the leading causes of blindness (not usually in America). First things first, get BP under control and then go for the surgery. Good health.
Dr. Donald Collins
Dr. Donald Collinsanswered
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: You can become legally blind, ie unable to see well enough to drive, etc if you do not have the surgery. Your family doctor should be able to help you get your BP down enough to have surgery. Possibly you will need a med to help with anxiety, which can contribute to white coat hypertension. Good luck!
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Cataract BP, risks: Cataract is # 1 cause of preventable blindness in world. Surgery has risks (HTN needs to be controlled on meds if very high as can have hemorrhage in eye if BP too high). But: Complication risk very low; best time in history to have CS; More info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com
Dr. Anita Prakash
Cardiology 29 years experience
You ought to see another reputable opthamologist and get cataract surgery done (it is considered a low risk procedure by the American Heart Association). Further see your internist or your cardiologist to get your BP under control, and speak with the opthamologist about the nuances of your BP control and they ought to shepherd you through the procedure. Good luck!
Oct 10, 2014

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