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What are cataract surgery complications?

What are cataract surgery complications?

CS Complications: Post Cataract Surgery Issues/Complications: need for glasses still, need YAG laser: PCO, dry eye sx/worsening, eyelid droop, recurrent uveitis, eye bleeding, needing another surgery/laser (for multiple reasons: refractive surprise, swelling of macula CME, IOL dislocation, failing cornea), rare: infection, retinal hole, detachment, loss of vision, loss of eye, loss of life; eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com ...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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Is it true that cataract surgery complications will only happen 1 in 1000 times?

Is it true that cataract surgery complications will only happen 1 in 1000 times?

It depends: Depending on the surgeon, type of cataract operation, and condition of the eye at the time of surgery, complications that can result in decreased vision typically occur in less than 1 in 1000 procedures. Although some non-vision threatening conditions may occur more commonly, they will not affect the results. Surgeon experience and technique is key, though. ...Read more

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Which cataract operation can b done in immature cataract with no complications?

Which cataract operation can b done in immature cataract with no complications?

Same surgery: There are always risks of complications with any surgery; this should be fully discussed and understood prior to proceding, especially non-urgent or elective cases. Although there may be some reasons to consider removing a lens not causing visual symptoms (clear lens extraction), I would be very wary of doing so at such a young age, as you will lose the ability to accomodate. Lasik/prk, glasses. ...Read more

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What are possible complications of a cataract surgery?

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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I was operated for cataract in my right eye 2and half months ago. What are some possible complications that can occur in the future?

I was operated for cataract in my right eye 2and half months ago. What are some possible complications that can occur in the future?

Several: Even uncomplicated cataract surgery increases life time risk of retinal detachment. Glaucoma can develop. A clouding of the membrane behind the lens can also develop. There are other possibilities and cataract surgery does not eliminate progression of many eye diseases. While many of these are very rare, you should get a yearly eye exam after cataract surgery.. ...Read more

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I had cataract surgery 8 weeks ago without complications, but now I have a yellow discharge in my eye.

I had cataract surgery 8 weeks ago without complications, but now I have a yellow discharge in my eye.

Let eyeMD know: Discharge after Cataract Surgery (CS) is common: due to normal bacteria on eyelid margin, meibomian glands changes, blepharitis or rosacea, sx can last couple days-wks. Use lid hygiene routine, diluted tea tree oil, artificial tears for relief; call eyeMD for rx for antibiotic if no improvement or worsening symptoms or vision; more info: eyedoc2020.blogspot. Com ...Read more

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A female late50's was told she's in early stages of low cataract today. What does this mean and can it be reversed? Natural and medical/surgical

A female late50's was told she's in early stages of low cataract today. What does this mean and can it be reversed? Natural and medical/surgical

Early: Or incipient cataracts are common in that age group. They require no treatment unless vision is affected or cataracts mature. The treatment will in that case be Cataract extraction with intra ocular lense implant ...Read more

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What was cataract treatment like in the 1900's? How has it improved since then?

What was cataract treatment like in the 1900's? How has it improved since then?

Risky: Starting just prior to 1900, topical anesthesia was available so cataract surgery could be performed painlessly. The procedure at the time involved opening the eye and bluntly removing the entire lens and hoping that would be all that would exit the eye. A strong eyeglass was required afterwards. Now with ultrasound and microscopes, etc. Cataract removal can be done safely and predictably. ...Read more

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What is a cataract?

What is a cataract?

Damaged lens: When the natural lens of your eye opacify through time and aging and damage from uv, we then call it a cataract. ...Read more

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What causes cataracts?

What causes cataracts?

Time: Most cataracts are caused by age related degeneration in the proteins in the lens of the eye. This degeneration causes the lens to lose its transparency. Cataract formation can be accelerated by trauma, steroids and other medications, diabetes, smoking, excessive ultraviolet light exposure and some other things. See your eye doctor if you suspect cataracts. ...Read more

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How to cure cataracts?

How to cure cataracts?

Surgery: Cataracts are the number one cause of treatable/curable worldwide blindness. Cataract surgery, when indicated, is the treatment of choice to improve vision loss associated with the formation of a visually symptomatic cataract. ...Read more

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Why did I get cataracts?

Why did I get cataracts?

Causes of Cataracts: Cataracts are most often due to or 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 as well. You may have some of these risk factors. Your eyemd should be able to help. ...Read more

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How do cataracts develop?

Protein changes: Most common develops from natural protein changes in the lens of the eye, typically from aging and presumably long term uv exposure. It causes the lens to turn cloudy. Other causes are diabetes, steroids, and eye trauma. ...Read more

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Can you reverse cataracts?

Can you reverse cataracts?

Not yet: There is no know way to reverse a cataract. A healthy diet, uv protection, control of systemic diseases such as diabetes and abstaining from smoking may slow down progression. ...Read more

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How long do cataracts last?

How long do cataracts last?

Until treated: Most cataract occur later in life and gradually progress if untreated. Some congenital and traumatic cataracts of earlier life are static and may last a lifetime without change. Given the success of modern cataract surgical removal, you should have your ophthalmologist evaluate your cataract for treatment potential. Not something an optometrist can do. ...Read more

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What do cataracts look like?

Cataract appearance: With a slit lamp (the microscope at the ophthalmologist's) cataract is very easy to see as a clouding of the natural lens. From the patient's perspective it is a very gradually progressing film over the vision and glare from lights. Patients sometimes describe it as "looking through cheeseclothe." the term cataract means waterfall, presumably as if you're looking through a waterfall. ...Read more

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Cataract can be monolateral?

Cataract can be monolateral?

Cataracts will…: Develop and everyone because this is part of the natural aging process. However there are some people whose cataracts develop earlier than others and this can be asymmetric, meaning one is much much worse than the other. ...Read more

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What are cataract symptoms?

What are cataract symptoms?

Many: Can have many symptoms. Most common are decreased in vision with activities of daily living. Reading small print, street signs, glare from lights, halos or star-bursting at night, reading the sports score on tv, etc. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for cataracts?

Who is at risk for cataracts?

Many causes: Risk factors include Prednisone use, diabetes, tobacco use, as well as many genetic diseases ...Read more

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When do cataracts get removed?

When do cataracts get removed?

With vision problems: You should have your cataracts operated on cataracts when they affect your activitities of daily living. "you have problems doing things you like, or need to do", or there is medical reasons that the cataracts should be taken care of (causing glaucoma!). There is no set vision (i.e. 20/40 or 20/50) that indicates you should have surgery. You should have symptoms, or need to pass drivers exam. ...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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What causes a cataract to grow?

Aging and...: The biggest factor is aging, but ultraviolet light (sunlight, tanning boothes) and smoking are big factors as well. Some medical diseases such as diabetes, and some medications, such as steroids can also lead to increasing cataracts. More info: cataract surgery michigan. ...Read more

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Must I have my cataract removed?

Must I have my cataract removed?

No: Only if they cause visual disability and only if you want to have better vision. In rare circumstances they have to be removed for medical reasons ...Read more

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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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Cataracts and weed? Does it help

Unlikely: N-acetylcarnosine (NAC) in small studies showed improve vision in cataract patients. However, it has not been studied in double blind, randomized, prospective way & studies were paid for by company who has vested interest. It is not FDA approved. Likely sun protection & eating a diet rich in antioxidants is just as good; so there is still not enough proof. More info at: eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com ...Read more

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What are the causes of cataracts?

Usually age: If you live long enough, you will get cataracts--not everyone is bothered by cataracts or needs surgery to remove them. Cataracts can also be present at birth or may be caused by certain medical conditions, like diabetes. In addition, a cataract may be caused by an injury or as a side effect of other eye surgery. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a cataract?

What are the causes of a cataract?

Clouding of the lens: Cataract is when the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy or opaque. Treatment is indicated if it is affecting your ability to see and perform normal activities of daily living. The clouding usually starts in the late 50's and surgery is usually indicated in the late 60's - 70 years of age. Most common is age. Also trauma, inflamation, genetics, steroids, and eye surgery. ...Read more

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At what age does cataract develop?

At what age does cataract develop?

Peaks about 75: Cataracts can appear at any age, even at birth. The most common are age related with onset early in the 40s and 50s and rapid increase through the 60s and 70s peaking at about 75. But some don't get them until later at age. They will occur earlier in smokers, those with significant sunlight exposure and in certain illnesses, use of drugs and hereditary underpinnings. ...Read more