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Average Age For Cataract Surgery
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: email@example.com
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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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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