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Cataract (Overview)

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which should normally be clear. Cataracts are usually painless and develop slowly, causing a gradual worsening of vision. Cataracts will affect the vision of most individuals by the time they are at the age of 75, but risk factors speeding up their development include diabetes, too much exposure to UV light (sunlight), smoking, and eye injury.


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What is the definition or description of: cataract surgery?

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What is the definition or description of: cataract surgery?

Lens surgery: Cataract surgery is the surgical procedure performed when the natural lens in the eye becomes opaque affecting vision. The cloudy lens is removed surgically and replaced with an artificial intra-ocular lens (iol). ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataract (Overview)

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which should normally be clear. Cataracts are usually painless and develop slowly, causing a gradual worsening of vision. Cataracts will affect the vision of most individuals by the time they are at the age of 75, but risk factors speeding up their development include diabetes, too much exposure to UV light (sunlight), smoking, and eye injury.


Dr. Richard Bensinger
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How long does cataract surgery take?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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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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Dr. Ilan Cohen
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What are the symptoms of cataract early on?

Dr. Ilan Cohen
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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?

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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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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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I was wondering what are the nursing interventions and diagnosis for cataracts?

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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Dr. Paul First
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How does an eye doctor treat and diagnose someone with cataracts, glaucoma, or detached retina?

Dr. Paul First
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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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Dr. Val Zudans
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I think I have a cataract! im only 60?

Dr. Val Zudans
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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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Dr. John Odette
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What happens during a pam test for cataracts?

Dr. John Odette
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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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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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What are the tests for cataract?

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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Dr. Christopher Hood
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What are secondary cataracts? I would like to know about it.

Dr. Christopher Hood
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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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