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Doctor insights on: Average Age For Cataract Surgery

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Am i a good candidate for cataract surgery at my age? I have been diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes. I recently turned 80 and am concerned about my prospects as a cataract surgery patient. I don't want any set-backs. What makes a good candidate? .

Am i a good candidate for cataract surgery at my age? I have been diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes. I recently turned 80 and am concerned about my prospects as a cataract surgery patient. I don't want any set-backs. What makes a good candidate? 

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I : I am a doctor 67 years old & have a cataract in 1 eye; so I am answering this question with
more than a second opinion. My eye doctor explained to me, that if I can do my work & my activities of daily living with my prescription eye glasses, then I don't need the surgery. My left eye, that has a cataract, has blurred vision if I close my good eye & this is only when I read.
So my answer, to simplify is, if there is interference with your activities of daily living then consult your eye doctror & if her recommends it, then get it done. See your eye doctor periodically if you are having any trouble with your eyes as there may be other problems at
your age like macular degeneration. If your eyye doctor suggests it & you have difficulty with
actitivities of daily living, then definitly yes; otherwise there is time to wait & watch. ...Read more

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


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My husband has periorbital pain, along top inner half of orbital rim. Sometimes mild, sometimes intense. Started after cataract surgery. Age 50.

My husband has periorbital pain, along top inner half of orbital rim. Sometimes mild, sometimes intense. Started after cataract surgery. Age 50.

Ck w/ur eye surgeon: It is wise to speak to your cataract surgeon about this. They usually use very lightweight lid speculum, the injection for anesthesia to keep your eye from moving around during surgery is deeper, and usually never causes deep eye pain, but s/he needs to be made aware of this, especially if you might have had any interoperative issues with your surgery. It may be even unrelated like sinuses too. ...Read more

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How can someone who had cataract surgery need bifocals? Does the eye age all over again?

How can someone who had cataract surgery need bifocals? Does the eye age all over again?

They all do: Unless the patient chooses a multifocal lens, most patients after cataract surgery require bifocals. If they're lucky enough that they're vision for distance is 20/20, then they would only need reading glasses. The eye, like the rest of your body is always aging. Even though the implants are stable, the rest of our eyes are not. So your vision do change over time, even after cataract surgery. ...Read more

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Mother Age 61 CHF Patient with EF 29% suffering from cataract. Local or topical anaesthetia will be safe for her cataract surgery? Way to avoid surgery

Mother Age 61 CHF Patient with EF 29% suffering from cataract. Local or topical anaesthetia will be safe for her cataract surgery? Way to avoid surgery

Safe: Cataract surgery is done under local, regional anesthesia which does not affect the heart
surgery if avoided will cause the patient to be blind usually the do not operate until the patient vision is almost completely gone ...Read more

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I had cataract surgery on bothe eyes at age of 54. My eyesight has not improved. My dr said i have cotton ball-like shapes behind eye with evidence?

I had cataract surgery on bothe eyes at age of 54.  My eyesight has not improved. My dr said i have cotton ball-like shapes behind eye with evidence?

Retina issue: It seems like you have some retina issue which involves your macula. The cotton wool changes could happen from ischemia to the nerve fiber layer of the retina. The causes are from high blood pressure or other vascular problems(inflammation, or infection. Please see a retina specialist for further diagnosis test and exam. ...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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What is cataract surgery?

What is cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery: Cataract surgery is the surgical procedure performed when the natural lens in the eye becomes opaque ("cloudy") affecting vision. The cloudy lens is removed surgically and replaced with an artificial intra-ocular lens (iol). ...Read 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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How long does cataract surgery take?

How long does cataract surgery take?

20-35 minutes: Most cataract surgery in the absence of complications or pre-existing problems like trauma or congenital problems — most will take 20-35 minutes. ...Read more

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Are you put under for cataract surgery?

Are you put under for cataract surgery?

Rarely: Most cataract surgery is performed under local anesthesia, sometimes with a little assist intravenously but not asleep. The only patients consistently put to sleep are children, and adults with movement disorders and mental deficiency;. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about cataract surgery?

Cataract Surgery:how: The lens: usually clear, behind iris; is like a "pillow in a pillowcase". When cloudy/white & affecting vision, surgery needed. Goal: remove top part of pillow case (anterior capsule), remove pillow (cataract), keep back pillow case intact (posterior capsule), place a new lens; Goal: keep capsular bag intact; ultrasound tip can puncture/disrupt bag; More info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com ...Read more

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Which lens are good for cataract surgery?

Which lens are good for cataract surgery?

Lens options: There are 3 key options for cataract surgery: monofocal (give you ability to see 1 distance); multifocal (see multiple distances but risk of glare/halos); accommodative lenses (allow multiple distances; less risk of glare; but may not work as well for reading vision especially over time). More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com
Visionary Ophthalmology, Rockville, MD ...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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What does it mean to get a cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery: Cataract surgery is removal of the cataract and replacing it with an aritificial lens (implant). ...Read more

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Does it hurt to get a cataract surgery done?

Does it hurt to get a cataract surgery done?

No: Modern techniques for cataract treatment are terrific and pain free. You will be gently treated, not be aware of the anti-pain premedication given to you and enjoy a post-operative recovery that you will find to be remarkable. ...Read more

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How does sun affect need for cataract surgery?

How does sun affect need for cataract surgery?

Increases risk: Cataracts (a white lens change): most often due to/made worse by (most common first): aging, genetics predisposition, excessive sun exposure, smoking, diabetes, steroid medication, previous trauma, inflammation, infection in the eye causing inflammation; previous intraocular eye surgery; other genetic conditions; can be congenital; more info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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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 one's 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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How can I prepare myself for a cataract surgery

Cataract surgery: Use preoperative drops as directed. Follow written instructions from your surgeon. Take it easy postop as you heal. ...Read more

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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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Can having cataract surgery also damage vision?

Not usually: Like all surgical procedures, cataract surgery can have complications. These complications can cause damage to the eye and vision. Fortunately cataract surgery complications are uncommon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do they do cataract surgery?

Can you tell me how do they do cataract surgery?

Cataract Surgery:how: The lens: usually clear, behind iris & like a "pillow in a pillowcase". When cloudy/white & affecting vision, surgery needed. Goal: remove top part of pillow case (anterior capsule), remove pillow (cataract), keep back pillow case intact (posterior capsule), place a new lens; Goal: keep capsular bag intact; ultrasound tip can puncture/disrupt bag; More info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com ...Read more

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Does insurance typically cover cataract surgery?

Does insurance typically cover cataract surgery?

Yes: Most insurances cover more than 80% of cataract surgery. There are new options in lens implants and surgical options which may cost extra. More info at eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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What are effective alternatives to cataract surgery?

No surgery: Cataract surgery is considered an elective procedure. Except for a few situiations, you, as the patient, decide when you want to have the surgery. If you are happy with your vision, you can wait on the surgery as long a you want. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal from cataract surgery?

Healing after CS: Healing after cataract surgery is usually very quick: depending on pre-operative risk factors (diabetes, h/o trauma, flomax (tamsulosin) use, general health), intra-operative issues (any vitreous loss), and post-operative issues: any wound leaking, infection, etc. Complications are rare: vision improves usually ...Read more

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Can you suggest any alternative to cataract surgery?

Can you suggest any alternative to cataract surgery?

No: A mature cataract has only one cure, which is surgery. Occasionally you will see homeopathic remedies for cataract in the form of drops, these are unproven and in the opinion of the vast majority of eye surgeons do nothing. Immature cataracts can often be managed by optimizing your glasses prescription. ...Read more

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What are possible complications of a cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery: Cataract surgery is usually very safe. There can be complications. More common ones are posterior capsule opacification requiring a later laser procedure, wound leak, posterior capsule rupture. Less common ones are retinal detachment, infection, and prolonged inflammation. For more information please check out: http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/cataract-complications.htm ...Read more

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Lens in cataract surgery displaced. How easy to rectify?

Lens in cataract surgery displaced. How easy to rectify?

Based on the amount: If an Intra-ocular Lens Implant becomes displaced, the approach to repair (+/- surgery) depends on several factors.
1. Anterior Chamber vs. Posterior Chamber
2. Displaced (Subluxed) vs. Dislocated
3. Involvement of any other ocular structures
4. Level of the Intra-ocular Pressure
Bottom line: Please seek evaluation with your Ophthalmic Surgeon. ...Read more

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About how long is the recovery time for cataract surgery?

Variable.: Should be comfortable in less than 24 hours, with vision starting to improve rapidly starting the next morning after surgery, taking up to a week to clear completely. You should be able to return to normal activities the next day. This is for routine uncomplicated procedure. ...Read more

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Cataract surgery how long willthe pain last after surgery?

No pain: You should not have any pain during or after cataract surgery. Some irritation or scratchiness can be normal though. ...Read more

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What happens generally before a cataract surgery operation?

What happens generally before a cataract surgery operation?

A brief summary: Prior to the procedure you are given an I.V. And your eye is dilated. You will also be given antibiotic eye drops. Sedation is given to you just before the procedure starts and your face is cleaned and a sterile drape covers everything but your eye. By this time, you should not have any memory of the procedure. There should also be no discomfort at all. ...Read more