cataract surgery

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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).
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Dr. George Yang answered:

Is it ok to use the sunbed after cataracts surgery?

Sure

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Some lenses used in cataract surgery do not have UV protection. You will still need to have protective eyewear. Otherwise, there are no contraindications.
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Dr. LINDA VARGAS answered:

If someone has cataracts how quickly does he need cataract surgery?

Depends

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Once the cataracts are "visually significant", i.e., your vison can no longer be improved with glasses or contacts then it's time to consider surgery to remove them. Most patients will begin to notice significant "glare" with oncoming headlights or even avoid driving at night. Talk to your eye surgeon. He or she can give you an idea of how advanced your cataracts are and a timeline on eye surgery.
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Dr. Deepak Raja answered:

I have cataracts, corneal issues, severe dry eyes, is cataract surgery safe for me?

Ask your surgeon

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It is always helpful to have your dry eye treated beforehand to make sure that is not the reason for your decreased vision. I'm not sure exactly what your corneal problem is exactly, but thankfully cataract surgery is pretty safe these days. It's always best to talk to your surgeon though.
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Dr. Michael L. Ham answered:

I have high correction and astigmatism. Will I still need to wear glasses after my cataracts surgery?

Not necessrily

Astigmatism
Depends on the surgeon, measurements, type of lens. You may be able to eliminate the need for glasses after surgery, both far and near. You may only need them for near. The more astigmatism and correction you have does decrease the odds of an outcome where you do not need glasses, but still is very possible.
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Dr. Theodore T. Wu answered:

I have cataracts surgery before 15 days. But I still can't read well even with +4 glasses. my surgery was done in the manual method and the laser one.?

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It may take more time to heal...perhaps up to 90 days depening on the nature of your cataract and the difficulty of the operation. Keep using your postop drops and keep all postop appointments...
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Dr. William Dieck answered:

Will using AdvIr and Spiriva increase pressure and cause dry macular to change to wet? Label warns of glaucoma, cataracts. Already have had cataract surgery. No glaucoma.

No

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Advir and Spieva will have no affect on macular degeneration. If you have had cataract surgery , you don't need to worry about cataracts. Increased intraocular pressure can occur with steroid use. Obtaining a baseline pressure 2 months after continuous use is advised.
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Will I need to stop taking my prostate medication before surgery for my cataracts? I'll need cataract surgery in the coming year. I take Flomax for an enlarged prostate. Does this or any other drug cause a problem with cataract treatment? .

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I agree---going off the medicine does not good. Just let your doctor know that you are on it and he can take the necessary operative precaustions during the surgery. don't let this stop you from having the surgery that will improve your vision.
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Dr. Louis Reznick answered:

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 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.
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Dr. William Dieck answered:

Is cataract surgery the only solution for getting rid of cataracts? I would like to find the best solution for treating the cataract in my right eye. I am wondering if surgery is the only solution or if there are other options available. If they are avail

Yes

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Correction of cataracts (clouding of the natural lens) can only be corrected through surgical intervention. Surgery is only recommended after changing spectacle prescriptions no longer can improve the vision satisfactorily.
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