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can an intraocular lens be stained by taking the drug pyridium (phenazopyridine)?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
No: Pyridium (phenazopyridine) will be eliminated efficiently by the kidney. It is not secreted into the eye and so it will not affect the intraocular lens. Do not worry.

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Are intraocular lens implants a permanent cure for cataracts and myopia?

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Not a total cure: When a lens is no longer clear, it can be replaced by a lens implant, so it is a cure for a cataract. A natural lens can change its power to focus on objects at different distances. However, the lens implant is plastic and only has one power (not adjustable inside the eyeball), so it is sort of a partial cure for one's myopia.
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What is phenazopyridine and does it flush your system out?

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Had cataract & astigmatism correction with iol lens but correction not sufficient for distance vision. Now prk is recommended. Good solution?

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Dr. Randall Wong
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Need more info: What type of astigmatism correction did you get? Cuts in the cornea? If so, and there is residual astigmatism, prk might be a good choice. It all also depends upon how much astigmatism is remaining. Remember, astigmatism is not a disease!
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Is image magnification after a cataract surgery iol implant common practice?

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Can I have iol even if I've had retinal tears. Would iol surgery improve my vision better than the contacts i have. I have very high myopia. -20?

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Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Yes: Iols can be done and would likelyimprove your vision if you have a cataract. Iol's in high my hopes such as yourself are higher risk for retina problems, so surgery should not be done until necessary. You should get a good retinal evaluation prior to and after surgery. You will likely need an iol with very little or even negative power and will be able to have your myopia dramatically reduced.

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