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What are some of the things that cataract patient should look out for?

What are some of the things that cataract patient should look out for?

Vision decreasing: 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; Symptoms: glare especially at night; cloudy vision, decreased VA. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract 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). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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Does medicare cover the new type of lenses for cataract patients?

Does medicare cover the new type of lenses for cataract patients?

No: Medicare will cover the cost of the cataract surgery itself, but will not cover the cost of advanced technology lenses for correction of astigmatism or for decreasing the need for reading glasses after surgery. ...Read more

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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

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Can I have out patient cataract surgery if I'm 3 weeks pregnant?

Can I have out patient cataract surgery if I'm 3 weeks pregnant?

Yes: Just make sure the ophthalmologist and the anesthesiologist know you are pregnant and remember that most miscarriages occur in the first 12 weeks and the surgery will not decrease that risk ( most studies suggest about 1 in 4). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dp patients with cataracts pupils react to light?

Dp patients with cataracts pupils react to light?

Yes: If the eye is normal behind the cataract, no matter how dense, the pupils will react to light. ...Read more

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How to retard cataract formation in elderly patients ?Are there any glasses/medications for same ?

How to retard cataract formation in elderly patients ?Are there any glasses/medications for same ?

Factors: Although nothing besides surgery can cure cataracts, there are factors to control that can help not speed up the formation. These include: uv protective eyewear, no tobacco smoking, eating a antioxidant-rich nutritious diet, controlling diabetes, maintaining controlled blood pressure, possibly vegetarian diet. Controversy still exists in the optimal balance of modifiable risk factors. ...Read more

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After recovery from vitrectomy for macular pucker and subsequent cataract surgery will a patient be able to wear contact lenses?

After recovery from vitrectomy for macular pucker and subsequent cataract surgery will a patient be able to wear contact lenses?

Contacts after CS: Depending on the type of cataract surgery performed (sutures used or not), the vast majority of patients can use contact lenses after surgery (usually after 1-3months) if needed still after surgery: our goal in most patients is to help them be glasses/contact lenses free. More information at eyedoc2020.blogspot.com ...Read more

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What are the specifics of cataract surgery in a patient with treatment-resistant high intraocular pressure due to glaucoma? I am a 43-year-old businessman. I was diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma and cataract in span of just two years. My treatment consi

In : In many glaucoma patients, cataract surgery is performed the same way as it is performed in non-glaucomatous patients. Depending on your severity, the surgeon may use some special techniques to make sure your pressure does not go up too high during or after the surgery. In a small group of patients who are not being well controlled on glaucoma drops, a combined cataract surgery along with a glaucoma surgery (tube shunt or trabeculectomy) can be performed at the same time. Your doctor will be able to best answer whether you will need a single cataract surgery or a combined procedure. ...Read more

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