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Dr. Jay Bradley
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Cataract Removal Surgery (Overview)

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How much pain with cataract removal surgery?

How much pain with cataract removal surgery?

Minimal: With modern cataract surgery techniques pain either during or after the surgery is generally very mild or even absent. Some patients will experience a mild foreign body sensation or scratching feeling for a day or two, and some have a very mild pressure feeling. Usually, otc medications, typically tylenol or acetaminophen, are all that are required for pain control, and many patients don't use any. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Bradley
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Cataract Removal Surgery (Overview)

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85 year old with Salzmann's is scheduled for cataract removal surgery. Are there any concerns? Should nodules be removed prior to surgery? Scaring?

85 year old with Salzmann's is scheduled for cataract removal surgery.  Are there any concerns?  Should nodules be removed prior to surgery?  Scaring?

Salzmann's nodules: hyaline deposits between the epithelium and Bowmans membrane of Cornea causing astigmatism. Superficial keratectomy of astigmatism-inducing Salzmannā€™s nodules should always be performed prior to cataract surgery. Stable keratometry readings and IOL calculations cannot be reliably obtained until 3 to 6 weeks after surgery. Toric IOLs should be avoided because of the risk of recurrent nodule. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
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Cataract removal surgery (Tip)

Surgery may be the best remedy for you but rehab is key. ...See more

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Is Intraocular lens medically necessary for 70yr old's cataract removal? Doc is forcing mom to replace her natural lens during cataract surgery.

Is Intraocular lens medically necessary for 70yr old's cataract removal? Doc is forcing mom to replace her natural lens during cataract surgery.

Very Necessary!: Absolutely. If your mom doesn't get an implant after her surgery, she will be blind without wearing either contact lenses or ultra thick glasses with power of greater than +10. Intraocular lens implants are one of the miracles of modern medicine. They are absolutely necessary, not luxuries fit only for a wealthy young person. Best wishes ...Read more

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After cataract removal and laser surgery, I need vitreotomy surgery--is it safe to do all these things?

After cataract removal and laser surgery, I need vitreotomy surgery--is it safe to do all these things?

Yes, if indicated: It is safe to do all these operations on the same eye if there is a medical reason to do so. Your doctor, perhaps with the input from a retinal consultant, will explain the reasons the procedures are required, what is hoped to be accomplished, and the associated risks. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Cataract removal surgery (Tip)

The key to healing, from a major surgery, is great nutrition. ...See more

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Should i redo my cataract surgery?

Should i redo my cataract surgery?

No: You cannot redo cataract surgery. The cataract is already removed and a new lens has been placed inside the eye. However, if you are having unexpected symptoms, it may be possible to address them. Some treatment options may require further surgery, but others may just require medical treatment. See your eye surgeon or seek another eye md for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Are there alternatives to cataract surgery?

Are there alternatives to cataract surgery?

Not really: The only alternative to cataract surgery is to not remove the cataract. If you choose not to remove the cataract, the vision will slowly deteriorate. You may be able to change your glasses prescription and see better for a time period, but the cataracts will progress and the vision continually deteriorate. You will need surgery if you live long enough and want to continue to see. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi Dr. Niazi
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Cataract removal surgery (Tip)

Move it, move it - post surgery/injury. Best outcome. ...See more

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Which problems has the cataract surgery solved?

Which problems has the cataract surgery solved?

Decreased vision!: Cataract surgery has solved the problem of lost vision due to the natural lens clouding ("a cataract"). Surgery is indicated and solves the problem with loosing ones ability to perform activities of daily living. Surgery removes the cloudy natural lens and replaces it with a clear artificial lens. Restoring vision. ...Read more

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Are there causes for a second cataract surgery?

Are there causes for a second cataract surgery?

Membrane : A small percentage of patients can develop a membrane behind their lens implant that can be removed with a laser in clinic. Some refer this as a secondary cataract but it does not require the same type of surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Boris Aronzon Dr. Aronzon
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Cataract removal surgery (Tip)

Pre- surgery physical therapy sometimes helps with faster recovery. ...See more

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Is cataract surgery done with a laser?

Is cataract surgery done with a laser?

Femto Laser: The femtosecond laser was approved about 2 years ago to assist with certain steps of cataract surgery. It is not widely used because it is prohibitively expensive and not covered by insurance. Modern cataract surgery is done by ultrasound and utilizes sophisticated lens implants to correct for pre-existing refractve errors. Laser or no laser, modern cataract surgery is a miraculous operation. ...Read more

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Could medicare pay for cataract surgery?

Could medicare pay for cataract surgery?

Medicare pays for CS: Medicare pays for majority of cataract surgery. Extra costs if a patient desires a refractive implant or advanced implant to correct for astigmatism &/or reading vision & for laser cataract surgery, which helps many patients in long term recovery, decreased risk, complication rates. But medicare pays for about 80% or more depending on benefits. See: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Long Dr. Long
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Cataract removal surgery (Tip)

Be aware that there are specialists in all areas these days. This applies to rehabilitation from surgery or injuries as well. I would advise you to seek out the experts and then let their advice become your routine. Time and space separate you from whatever initiated the damage. Focus on what you have and then go from there. Some of us will pass through life without splitting a toenail. Most of the rest of us are not so lucky. ...See more

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What are cataract surgery complications?

What are cataract surgery complications?

CS Complications: post Cataract Surgery Issues/Complications: need for glasses still, need YAG laser: PCO, dry eye sx/worsening, eyelid droop, recurrent uveitis, eye bleeding, needing another surgery/laser (for multiple reasons: refractive surprise, swelling of macula CME, IOL dislocation, failing cornea), rare: infection,retinal hole, detachment, loss of vision, loss of eye, loss of life; eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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Does medicare part a cover cataract surgery?

Does medicare part a cover cataract surgery?

No: Medicare part b covers cataract surgery and follow-up care, while medicare part a covers hospital and long-term care. Patients who only have part a are not covered for cataract surgery, unless they have additional insurance from another company. ...Read more

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Dr. David Brouwer Dr. Brouwer
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When can pt start after surgery/injury? How many weeks are helpful? Does pt fax progress note to doc. ...See more

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How effective is the new laser cataract surgery?

Good for parts: Laser assisted cataract surgery is just that. The new femtosecond laser helps make the incision part of cataract surgery more precise and predictable than traditional methods. The laser does not do the entire operation--only parts of it. There is a considerable extra expense to using the laser that is paid for by the patient. ...Read more

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If I get cataract surgery will I still need glasses?

If I get cataract surgery will I still need glasses?

Not necessarily: Cataract surgery's main goal is to clear up the "cloudy" vision and glare effects. With today's modern technology, it is quite possible to end up not needing glasses for distance or near work. In order for that to happen, the eye has to have the ability to see 20/20 in the first place, and the patient would need to select a lens technology that can help achieve this goal. The technology is not covered by insurance, however. Speak to your eye surgeon about your vision goals after surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

Occurs whent here is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). Can be worsened by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


Dr. Michael Ham
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Cataract Removal (Definition)

Cataract removal is a procedure to remove a clouded lens (cataract) from the eye. Cataracts are removed to improve vision. The procedure almost always includes placing an artificial ...Read more