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removing a congenital cataract difficult?

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Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Congenital cataract: Congenital cataracts can be difficult to remove. However a pediatric ophthalmologist experienced in this type of surgery will do a good job for you.
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Congenital cataracts: The surgery for congenital cataracts is more complicated than that for typical age-related cataracts. A major issue is the use of an intraocular lens (iol) which is typically inserted at the time of the cataract removal. If the surgery is done on a baby, then this iol will eventually need replacement as the child ages.
Dr. Tal Raviv
Dr. Tal Raviv answered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
It depends: There are many types of congenital (present from birth) cataracts. Some need to be removed at a young age and some are followed into adulthood before necessitating removal. A particular type of congenital cataract known as a 'posterior polar cataract' has increased risk of complications during surgery. Chose an eye surgeon with complex cataract experience
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
No: very safe: Cataract surgery (CS) is #1 cause of world blindness & most common surgery performed in world & US. Complication risk very low; best time in history to have CS. If no underlying retinal, optic nerve, brain issues, >90% achieve 20/20 vision after surgery; may still need glasses (depends on implant choice); more info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
The same as others: Generally removal of a congenital cataracts is of the same difficulty as any other cataract. Rarely, in these types of cataracts there are adhesions, capsular fibrotic connecttions and zonular problems which make the removal more difficult. These circumstances are usually detectable on the pre-operative examination and the patient can be advised about the possible results.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

What sort of disease is a congenital cataract?

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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Born with it: In rare circumstances, infants are born with cataracts and the causes are varied. It can be a genetic problem with eye development, or due to some exposure to various medications in the womb. This is a very serious condition and needs prompt attention from a pediatric ophthalmologist who can advise and treat.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Are there good natural treatments for congenital cataract?

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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
U-V Protection: Many congenital cataracts do not progress, or progress very slowly. To help keep that progression under control, there are 2 things you can control that are study-proven. Smoking causes cataract progression, so if you smoke....One more reason to quit. We also know that ultraviolet light is a problem. So use sunglasses and hats to limit u--v exposure.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How do I help a 20 yr old friend from abroad with congenital cataract?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
See Opthamologist: Help them find a good opthamologist for evaluation.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for congenital cataract?

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Dr. Azhar Salahuddin
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Direct exam: The only way is to actually look into the child's eye when dilated. Usually it's pretty obvious since you get a white reflex instead of a red one. If the eye doc is not sure, the exam can be done under general anesthesia.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of congenital cataract?

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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Maybe none!: Congenital cataracts often have no symptoms. If they are causing problems, vision may be cloudy or fuzzy. Glare can also be a big problem.

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