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Once cataracts are fully developed, and you are blind because you can't see through them, can they still be removed?

Once cataracts are fully developed, and you are blind because you can't see through them, can they still be removed?

Yes: Blindness from cataracts is reversible by surgery presuming other eye structures (retina, optic nerve, etc.) are healthy. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A condition that results in the clouding of the normally clear ...Read more


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Can only old people get cataracts? I'm 25 years old, and sometimes i can't see well because my vision is cloudy or i see double. Could I have cataracts?

Can only old people get cataracts? I'm 25 years old, and sometimes i can't see well because my vision is cloudy or i see double. Could I have cataracts?

Anyone can get them: Cataracts are a clouding of the crystalline lens in your eye. The most common reason for cataracts to form is age, however, people can be born with them, get them from trauma, or due to medications such as steroids. Cloudy or double vision can be due to cataract, but if it is intermittent, it is more likely due to dry eye, astigmatism, or another cause. Best way to know is a dilated eye exam. ...Read more

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Will i see benefit when my cataract is removed?

Will i see benefit when my cataract is removed?

Probably: If your vision is lowered only by the cataract, and therefore the retina at the b ack of the eye is normal, then you will notice improvement quickly. ...Read more

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If operated upon for cataract, can I see properly thereafter?

If operated upon for cataract, can I see properly thereafter?

Usually: If the eye behind the cataract is normal, and the surgery goes without complications (the usual case) then you will see well within days. If there are problems in the eye with things like diabetic retinopathy, or trauma, etc. then the vision might not improve so much. Ask the ophthalmologsit what is likely in your case. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if someone has been operated upon for cataract, can he see properly thereafter?

Could you tell me if someone has been operated upon for cataract, can he see properly thereafter?

Yes: Cataract Surgery is the safest & most successful surgery in world. More than 90% of patients achieve perfect vision 20/20 if no prior eye diseases present. Complications are very rare; More info: [email protected] ...Read more

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Will my vision improve immediately after having cataract surgery? I need cataract surgery, but i'm worried that i won't be able to see after the surgery. I'll need to return to work as soon as possible after the procedure. How long will it take for my vis

Will my vision improve immediately after having cataract surgery? I need cataract surgery, but i'm worried that i won't be able to see after the surgery. I'll need to return to work as soon as possible after the procedure. How long will it take for my vis

Vision improves fast: Cataract surgery is a quick and easy procedure from which you can recover. Most people begin to see better within a day of the procedure, but this depends on the degree of cataract as well as the type of cataract surgery you have. Depending on your work, you may be able to resume normal activities almost immediately. Speak with your eye surgeon about your particular situation. ...Read more

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Am I going to go blind? Is a cataract blocking my vision; sometimes I see ok, sometimes not good?

Am I going to go blind?  Is a cataract blocking my vision; sometimes I see ok, sometimes not good?

Blind?: Not sure about going blind! anything is possible from the symptoms you are describing. Most likely the condition causing your fluctuating vision is not cataracts. The cataracts do not cause the vision to fluctuate. They can cause different degrees of symptoms depending on the environment, ie. Bright light, night time, sun light, reading. ...Read more

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I am diabetic operated for cataract one year ago now i see some black clouds in vision. What should I do?

I am diabetic operated for cataract one year ago now i see some black clouds in vision. What should I do?

Get evaluated: Cataract surgery involves the optics of the eye. The retina is the part of the eye attacked in uncontrolled diabetes, with vascular dilation, edema and bleeding. If you see black clouds you might have hemorrhage, or even a detachment of the retina. You should see your ophthalmologist right away (not an optometrist). ...Read more

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How do cataracts prevent glasses from making you see well?

Block light: The eye works like a camera. Glasses function like focusing the camera lens to give the sharpest image. However, a cataract (a clouding of the natural lens in your eye) is more like having dirt on the lens of the camera. This dirt will block the light and decrease the image quality even if the lens is in perfect focus. ...Read more

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Are you able to see what's happening during cataract surgery?

Are you able to see what's happening during cataract surgery?

Depends on anestheia: If eye drop anestheia (topical) is used without an injection, you will see lights but not specific details of the surgery. If an injected block of anesthetic is used (retrobulbar, peribulbar block), you might not see anything at all because the optic nerve itself might be affected by the anesthetic. I use topical and people are not bothered by what they see. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm diabetic operated for cataract one year ago now I see some black clouds in vision. any precautions?

What do you advise if I'm diabetic operated for cataract one year ago now I see some black clouds in vision. any precautions?

RD precautions: Any vision change (decrease in vision, new black floaters, flashing, curtain coming over vision) at anytime, but especially in patients who have just had surgery and/or are diabetic should see their eyeMD righ away for a full dilated eye exam. I hope this helps and does answer your question fully. ...Read more

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I'm currently diabetic operated for cataract one year ago now i see some black clouds in vision. Any precautions, what should I do?

I'm currently diabetic operated for cataract one year ago now i see some black clouds in vision. Any precautions, what should I do?

Sugar control: Diabetes is leading cause of vision loss in certain populations. Control sugar is best to preserve vision (low carb/no carb diet, gluten free, see nutritionist with PCP suggestions); see eyeMD if black clouds are new; most likely posterior vitreous detachment but must get dilated to see if just PVD. More info: [email protected] ...Read more

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I see stars and halos after a cataract surgery after a year. Isit normal?

Glare & haloes: This issue may be related to residual refractive error, secondary cataract, dry eye or other ocular surface issues, the type of lens implant, retinal disease, or some other issue. See a eye doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can eye doc see if I have cataracts ? I went for a checkup a month ago cause my vision seemed yellow toned and white toned but he couldn't see anythin

Cataract exam: Yes, an EyeMD can see if you have cataracts by using a microscope. MD will also check to see if your tear film, macula, & optic nerve look normal to see cause of vision change. More info:eyedoc2020 blogspot com and http://www.visionaryeyedoctors.com/ ...Read more

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Should i be concerned that i see flashing lights after cataract surgery?

Yes: The symptom of flashing lights, especially if combined with the sudden onset of floaters or the sensation of a curtain or veil across your vision, can be a sign of a retinal problem. You need to have your eyes checked and your pupils dilated by an eye doctor to be sure there is not a problem. ...Read more

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When after cataract surgery before you can see how corrected your vision is?

It depends: Everyone heals a bit differently and not every cataract is the same. Most cataract patients see very well by 1 week after their surgery. Your vision should be fully healed by 3-4 weeks after uncomplicated cataract surgery. ...Read more

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