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what does it mean to have congenital cataracts?

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Congenital Cataract: Congential Cataract (eye's lens has white color change) can cause amblyopia/lazy eye: occurs when eye does not have visual input to the brain for the connection to develop. If told have severe amblyopia, it is unlikely for a cataract surgery will give 20/20. 1st get good refraction/glasses. If VA worse than 20/40 & not due to lazy eye: surgery may improve vision. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Born with it: The lense of the eye is supposed to be clear. If it forms in the womb with an small or large opacity, making it not clear, regular vision is impaired.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is congenital glaucoma?

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Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
From birth: Glaucoma is a condition where there is increased pressure in the eye. If it is not treated it can cause a loss of vision. Glaucoma usually occurs in people as they get older. Congenital glaucoma means that you were born with the condition.
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How can we treat cataracts generally nowadays?

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Dr. Theodore Caspe
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Surgery: The only treatment for cataracts at this day and age in the USA is surgery.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I know that there are varieties of surgeries to treat cataract. What are they?

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Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Cataract surgery: The most common type of cataract surgery, called phacoemulsification, uses ultrasound to break up the cataract into tiny pieces, which are then aspirated from the eye. The latest cataract removal technique is called femto cataract surgery, which uses a laser to break up the cataract. This is only available in a few cities, and is rapidly gaining popularity.
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What are the symptoms of congenital cataracts?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Various: Cataract is a generic term for any opacity in the structure of the natural lens. You can be born with anything from trivial opacities to profound deposits. The minor ones frquently do not need anything done and cause no symptoms. The major ones can block vision, cause an eye to turn in or out, and can cause permanent loss of vision. Your pediatric ophthalmologist is an expert at these.
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Why are some people born with cleft lips?

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Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Many possibilities: It can be inherited, spontaneous (no known cause), from medications or drugs including alcohol and tobacco, folate (folic acid) deficiency, and other genetic causes.

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