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A 41-year-old member asked:

my brother is going through a vitrectomy, if something goes wrong, will he lose his vision?

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Dr. Jose J Monsivais
Hand Surgery 50 years experience
Yes: That is the reason why we have retina and vitreous surgeons.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
Possibly: All eye surgeries have risks. Vitrectomy risks include bleeding, infection, cataract/lens changes, retinal detachment, loss if vision. Luckily these risks are uncommon and probably the benefits of vitrectomy outweigh these risks.

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What is cortical vision impairment (cvi)?

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Pbm in brain not eye: The term cortical vision impairment implys that there is a problem with the brain cortex (outer cell layer) that interprets the imput of the eye and visual nerve inputs.This is similar to having a good video camera, cables and system but the no screen to display the input in a way you can understand it.
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How can cataracts affect our vision generally?

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Gradually decreases: Cataracts are a gradual clouding of the lens of the eye. When the lens becomes clouded it is difficult to see clearly. The vision clarity decreases over months to years to the point where someone can be virtually blind if the cataract remains untreated. Surgical removal of the cataract with implantation of new lens will correct the vision.
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What one can do if he or she already has lost some vision from cataract?

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Surgery: When it's visually significant, and vision can be improved, then cataract surgery is recommended. Otherwise avoid uv exposure, don't smoke, etc.
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when it's visually significant, and vision can "not" be improved, then cataract surgery is recommended. otherwise avoid UV exposure, don't smoke, etc.
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A 53-year-old female asked:

Vision due to old age?

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Dr. John Weeks
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Presbyopia: Most people have trouble focussing closely as they get older. Changes in vision from cataracts and/or macular degeneration are also very common. Any sudden change in vision should be evaluated promptly since all of the above occur gradually.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Could a tonsillectomy have caused my vision/hearing problems?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Complications: Hearing problems can be associated with adenotonsillectomy. Infection can set in causing matoiditis or periostis. Perforated tm can happen or irritation to the facial or auditory nerve. Visual problems this practitioner is not familiar with.

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