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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 : 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is cataract surgery an in-patient or out-patient procedure? How long does cataract surgery take? For surgery on both eyes, will most likely stay at the hospital for a few days? How long will i need a caregiver once i return home?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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