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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

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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What are the symptoms of cataract early on?

What are the symptoms of cataract early on?

Blur: The most common symptoms of early cataracts are blurred vision, glare and sensitivity to light. If you are having any of these symptoms, see your eye doctor to determine whether cataracts are the cause. ...Read more

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After the first sign of cataracts, when should you have them removed?

After the first sign of cataracts, when should you have them removed?

Depends: If the cataracts are not impairing your vision then it is recommended you wait on surgery. Cataract surgery is usually recommended by your ophthalmologist once your vision can no longer be improved with corrective lenses or if it's becoming a hazard for you to drive in spite of corrective lenses. This is a decision that is made between you and your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the nursing interventions and diagnosis for cataracts?

Fall precautions: Cataracts cause halos/glare especially, blurry vision, loss of contrast sensitivity (decreased contrast between objects & background) & decreased vision especially in dark: Fall precautions important if cataract causing vision to be worse than 20/40; More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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How does an eye doctor treat and diagnose someone with cataracts, glaucoma, or detached retina?

How does an eye doctor treat and diagnose someone with cataracts, glaucoma, or detached retina?

Diagnosed by exam: Each of these need extensive exam, follow-up and treatment. Books are written on each subject. ...Read more

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I think I have a cataract! Im only 60?

I think I have a cataract! Im only 60?

Young cataract: Cataract can occur at any age, including congenital cataract. My youngest cataract patient was 1 week at the time of surgery. My oldest was 99 years old. Most patients are around 70, but it can definitely occur in the 50s and 60s especially for those on chronic steroids for autoimmune conditions and diabetics. ...Read more

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What happens during a pam test for cataracts?

What happens during a pam test for cataracts?

Visual potential: Pam or potential acuity meter is a device used to test someones visual potential through cataracts. It is not an absolute reading but a good estimation of what someones vision may be after cataract surgery. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cataract?

What are the tests for cataract?

Cataract tests: If best vision is worse than 20/40 or glare (BAT: brightness acuity test) is significantly affecting VA, most surgeons prefer to do surgery soon but depends on pt's sx, pt's risk factors, pt's preferences; Other tests help determine significance of cataract if need: PAM Potential Acuity meter; OCT, ECC, Pentacam, Tear OSM; More info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com ...Read more

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What are secondary cataracts? I would like to know about it.

Scar tissue on lens: Secondary cataracts are a film of scar tissue that forms on the back of the artificial implant lens after cataract surgery. They are quite common, and treatable with an in-office laser by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Does sunlight cause cataracts?

Risk factor: Sunlight is a risk factor for the development of cataracts ...Read more

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Glare around street and headlights at night mean cataracts, right?

Night glare: Glare around street lights (like in a fog) and there is no clouded glassses, windshield etc could mean your difficulty is cataract. Occassionally, it can be caused by poorly fitted glasses, elevated eye pressure, dry eyes, fluctuations of blood sugar levels. So, more to think on than just cataracts, right? See your eye care provider so you know for sure. ...Read more

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Are cataracts treated by laser surgery?

Not generally: Using a laser to perform cataract surgery is only available in very select practices and is not covered by insurance. Typical cataract surgery is performed using a small blade to make an incision in the eye and ultrasound to remove the cloudy lens. Great results are usually achieved with modern cataract surgery. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of not treating cataracts?

Poor vision: Although advanced cataracts can lead to legal blindness it is revesable with surgery. Very long-standing cataracts can lead to glaucoma due to swelling or leakage of protein and the glaucoma can cause blindness, this can be averted with cataract surgery and medications if treated soon enough. This is very rare today but still occurs in under treated population. Fractured hip is associated as well. ...Read more

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What are some alternative cataract treatment methods?

Surgery/no surgery: These are the only management options. Cataract surgery can be delayed until vision loss interferes with lifestyle. Glasses can sometimes improve thew vision somewhat. ...Read more

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Are there good natural treatments for congenital cataract?

Are there good natural treatments for congenital cataract?

Not really: N-acetylcarnosine (NAC) in small studies showed improve vision in cataract patients. However, has not been studied in double-blind, randomized, prospective way & studies paid for by company- vested interest. It is not FDA approved. Surgery only cure. Sun protection & eating a diet rich in antioxidants may help prevent worsening. More info at: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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I need to know if there is non-surgery method to cure cataract?

Non surgical options: N-acetylcarnosine (NAC) in small studies showed improve vision in cataract patients. However, has not been studied in double-blind, randomized, prospective way & studies paid for by company- vested interest. It is not FDA approved. Surgery only cure. Sun protection & eating a diet rich in antioxidants may help prevent worsening. More info at: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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How do you get rid of cataracts?

How do you get rid of cataracts?

Surgery: At this time, cataracts are removed surgically through small incisions. The natural lens is then replaced with a permanent artificial lens. ...Read more

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Does any prescription drugs causes you to have cataracts?

Steroids: Anything with Steroids, especially eye drops and nasal sprays. ...Read more

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How many days after a cataract surgery before it gets clear?

Postop vision: Vision after cataract surgery is usually very good within a few days of surgery. For complete recovery, it may take 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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Are cataracts genetic?

Are cataracts genetic?

Sometimes: There are a few inherited conditions in which cataracts are a part of the syndrome. Most are present at birth or form in early life. Otherwise, cataracts mostly are an age related development. ...Read more