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A 65-year-old male asked:

can a laser for a simple retinal tear cause or increase your risk of getting a cataract from heat or some other factor? how likely is this ?

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Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 51 years experience
No: The type of laser used to correct the retina does not affect the cornea or lens. It is this property of the laser that makes retinal treatment possible.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not likely: The typical light spectrum of lasers used to treat retinal tears will pass through the lens with practically no absorption. There is no risk of cataracts from this although you are at an age when cataracts start to become more common. But blame your age and not your laser treatment.

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