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My Dad Has Age Related Macular Degeneration And His Sight Is Failing Fast Is A Cornea Transplant An Option
My dad has age related macular degeneration and his sight is failing fast. Is a cornea transplant an option?
In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more
Depends on Cause: Medical treatment is available if it is the wet form. Subretinal surgery may be helpful if vision loss is due to a submacular hemorrhage. Anti oxidants may help stabilize some of the dry forms, but not geographic atrophy. There is active research in progress for treatments for ga. We offer the implantable intraocular telescope as an option for selected patients with bilateral disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
73 yr old male with vision in one eye.. Have cataract that is impacting life style. Is it worth the risk for surgery and is laser surgery preferred?
Cataract Surgery Ris: Depending on other risk factors (length of eye: if very short; history of other eye, h/o trauma, diabetes, on aspirin, flomax, (tamsulosin) general health, etc) cataract surgery is generally very safe and recommended in monocular (have vision in 1 eye only) pts. LENSX/Laser intralase surgery is generally the best option as it decreases many post operative issue/risks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mother & daughter have glaucoma. Treatment for mother has not controlled & lost some vision. Is daughter likely to have this aggressive type glaucoma?
Could : Glaucoma risk is higher with positive family history. If the mom has an aggressive type then it may or may not be the same for the daughter. Its very important to follow up with an eye doc on a regular base, and stay compliance with medication. Its also important to eat well(fruit and veg), meditate, yoga, blood pressure control and make sure to have a good oxygenation. Avoid head down yoga. ...Read more
My 7 yrs old daughter has a scarred right cornea from infection. Local doctors not suggest for cornea transplant. Right eye vision 20/60-100. Left eye is 20/20-25. What are the best option ?
Second opinion: I suggest if you are still unsure you obtain a second opinion from a corneal specialist at a large academic institution. There are many available in georgia. Without know complete history of the infection, type of scarring, etc it is difficult to say for sure. The local docs may be right. The specialists may agree, but they would have the latest up-to-date answers for you, to put your mind at rest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mother has severe glaucoma & will have trab procedure. Has noticed some vision loss in 1 eye. What is prognosis?
After drops & laser mother has uncontrollable glaucoma with severe vision loss but is still functional. Will now try trab. What would her prognosis be?
Treat aggressively: If your mother already has severe vision loss, and her glaucoma is not controlled, i would advise that the pressure be addressed aggressively. She does not have the luxury of small stepwise measures anymore, as everyday her glaucoma is not controlled, she continues to lose more vision. A trab is the definitive treatment, can bring her pressures down, and is appropriate. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diabetes, glaucoma: Hi. Diabetes does not cause glaucoma. Diabetes causes retinal diseases and glaucoma is an eye pressure disease. There may be surgical options for both, but if he's already blind, it's probably too late. His ophthalmologist will know and advise. Talk to the eye doc. Good luck to your Pops. ...Read more
Is glaucoma inherited genetically? My father has a lot of trouble dealing with his glaucoma problem. He is using eye drops and other medicines. He is even considering having a surgery next year. What are the things i can do to be prepared in case i inheri
You : You are correct that there are some genetic predispositions for glaucoma. There are several types of glaucoma and some are more genetic than others. I recommend a full eye examination to look for several risk factors for glaucoma. Depending on your individual risk then you might want an annual eye exam in order to detect any development or progression of the disease. Best regards, jc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How risky is deep brain stimulation therapy/surgery? My father is considered a candidate but he is unsure. My father is diagnosed with Parkinson's and altzheimers and is 78 years old. He has done all the neurological testing and is now considered a cand
Minimal Risk: The deep brain stimulation (dbs) surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that is done under light sedation. As with all surgeries there are the risks of bleeding and infection to be considered, but the anesthetic risks are minimal. Even though your father has the added complication of alzheimer's disease he should tolerate this procedure fairly well. Contact your anesthesiologist before case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My father is 80 years old and one of his carotid arteries is 90% blocked - is he a good candidate for surgery or not?
84-year old mother may need glaucoma surgery. Could it make her vision worse or would she go blind w/o surgery. What is success rate?
All surgery has risk: There are many procedures for glaucoma. Laser procedures such as slt and iridotomy are very low risk, but there is always some risk to any procedure so this should be carefully discussed with the surgeon. Operating room procedures for glaucoma are usually done only after medical treatment fails or is inadequate, so there is also substantial risk to the vision not to proceed with the procedure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sir father is suffering from diabetes from 40 age and now he is 65,got operated CABG on 62 age,he is loosing weight and smoker too?whats the reason?
Depression & CABG: It is common for patient to feel sad or depressed after cardiac surgery. These emotions may be the result of uncertainty what to expect. When a depressed mood is severe and accompanied by other symptoms (e.g. weight loss) and persist daily for 2 weeks, depression treatment is necessary. Ask your surgeon for the referral. ...Read more
My uncle is 72, has ephysema, no longer smokes, & needs a lung transplant, but his health is too poor to survive surgery. What is his life expectancy?
Unknown. : At 72 even in better health, he is probably not a candidate for a lung transplantation. Depending on the severity of the emphysema, he may be a candidate for lung volume reduction surgery although this is not recommended in patients with severe disease. Medications are recommended and should be continued. No one can actually predict life expectancy with copd. Lack of smoking, good nutrition. ...Read more
Should my sister have a pacemaker placed? She is 83 years old and in faily good health, i feel that much of her cardiac issues are drug induced by prescription drugs.
She is not a candidate for open heart surgey and refuses extraordinary means , such as
If : If your sister has really gone into â€˜v-fibâ€™ twice, she may not be in as good of a health status as you may think. V-fib stands for ventricular fibrillation, a life threatening heart rhythm abnormalities from the bottom chambers of the heart that is so rapid and disorganized that the heart is essentially stops pumping blood out of the heart effectively and thus can lead to sudden and unexpected cardiac death. If v-fib persists, the only way to terminated it is to â€˜shock the patientâ€™ out of it with a defibrillator. The fact that you mention that she is not a candidate for â€˜open heart surgeryâ€™ leads me to believe that she may suffer from with heart artery blockages, severe heart disease, or one of the many other serious heart problems. Unless your sister suffers from a relatively rare condition called â€˜bradycardia-dependent v-fibâ€™ (life threatening fat heart rhythm from the bottom chambers that are triggered from slow heart eat from the bottom chambers), chances are that your sister needs is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (icd), not a pacemaker. Icds are expensive devices that can be associated with complications such as death, stroke, heart attacks, infections, blood clots, rupture of blood vessels, perforation of the heart muscle, bleeding, etc. While the risk versus benefit ratio is unique to each patient, their condition, the expertise and experience of their physician and that of the he staff of the facility where the procedure is done, among selected patients, the procedural risk of these procedures is substantially less than the risk of not having it done. Icd can improve quality of life and life expectancy in the right patients. ...Read more
My uncle has swelling of the cornea and vision loss in his right eye. What could cause this. He is awaiting results from a specialist, but i'm curious?
Please explain vitreofoveal traction in layman's terms.
Any nonsurgical treatments? What is prognosis if left untreated? Dad age 84 just diagnosed w/vft.
Not a candidate for surgery due to age and other complicating factors, as per retinal
VMT VFT treatment: New treatment jetrea is for symptomatic vft/vmt. It doesn't always work though so surgery can still be done. Because of his age, surgery would be safest under local anesthesia. If untreated, he simply won't see well. Surgery can be under an hour in length. The medication is expensive and works about 26% of the time for vmt but worth a try if surgery not an option. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Is 75 too old for glaucoma medication to be effective? My father was just diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma. If he has laser surgery to correct the problem, will he be at risk of developing the condition again in the future?
Open-angle : Open-angle glaucoma is a chronic condition for which there is no known cure. The goal of treatment in most cases is to reduce the eye's intraocular or internal pressure. There are many treatment options including laser and/ or eye drop use, which are usually very effective in controlling glaucoma. In some cases, the pressure can be lowered with a laser procedure (selective laser trabeculoplasty or slt), which may need to be performed 1-3 times every 5-7 years and alone can be effective or may require additional eye drop use. Slt laser in recent studies has not been shown to less effective with advancing age. The proper treatment for your father, whether slt, another laser procedure, or eye drop use, depends based on your father's case specifics. Discuss all options and the goals of treatment with your father's ophthalmologist. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer