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Can you tell me about undergoing cataract surgery in mid 40's?

Can you tell me about undergoing cataract surgery in mid 40's?

Good prognosis: Depending on preoperative risk factors, younger patients who have cataract surgery before cataract is mature/white, have a faster recovery usually and better outcome. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com ...Read more

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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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What is cataract surgery?

What is cataract surgery?

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

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Should I redo my cataract surgery?

Should I redo my cataract surgery?

No: You cannot redo cataract surgery. The cataract is already removed and a new lens has been placed inside the eye. However, if you are having unexpected symptoms, it may be possible to address them. Some treatment options may require further surgery, but others may just require medical treatment. See your eye surgeon or seek another eye md for a second opinion. ...Read more

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How long does cataract surgery take?

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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Are you put under for cataract surgery?

Are you put under for cataract surgery?

Rarely: Most cataract surgery is performed under local anesthesia, sometimes with a little assist intravenously but not asleep. The only patients consistently put to sleep are children, and adults with movement disorders and mental deficiency;. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about cataract surgery?

Can you tell me about cataract surgery?

Cataract Surgery:how: The lens: usually clear, behind iris; is like a "pillow in a pillowcase". When cloudy/white & affecting vision, surgery needed. Goal: remove top part of pillow case (anterior capsule), remove pillow (cataract), keep back pillow case intact (posterior capsule), place a new lens; Goal: keep capsular bag intact; ultrasound tip can puncture/disrupt bag; More info: eyedoc2020.blogspot. Com ...Read more

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Which lens are good for cataract surgery?

Which lens are good for cataract surgery?

Lens options: There are 3 key options for cataract surgery: monofocal (give you ability to see 1 distance); multifocal (see multiple distances but risk of glare/halos); accommodative lenses (allow multiple distances; less risk of glare; but may not work as well for reading vision especially over time). More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com
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Are there alternatives to cataract surgery?

Are there alternatives to cataract surgery?

Not really: The only alternative to cataract surgery is to not remove the cataract. If you choose not to remove the cataract, the vision will slowly deteriorate. You may be able to change your glasses prescription and see better for a time period, but the cataracts will progress and the vision continually deteriorate. You will need surgery if you live long enough and want to continue to see. ...Read more

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What does it mean to get a cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery: Cataract surgery is removal of the cataract and replacing it with an aritificial lens (implant). ...Read more

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Does it hurt to get a cataract surgery done?

No: Modern techniques for cataract treatment are terrific and pain free. You will be gently treated, not be aware of the anti-pain premedication given to you and enjoy a post-operative recovery that you will find to be remarkable. ...Read more

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How does sun affect need for cataract surgery?

How does sun affect need for cataract surgery?

Increases risk: 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; more info: eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com ...Read more

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Which problems has the cataract surgery solved?

Decreased vision!: Cataract surgery has solved the problem of lost vision due to the natural lens clouding ("a cataract"). Surgery is indicated and solves the problem with loosing ones ability to perform activities of daily living. Surgery removes the cloudy natural lens and replaces it with a clear artificial lens. Restoring vision. ...Read more

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How can I prepare myself for a cataract surgery

How can I prepare myself for a cataract surgery

Cataract surgery: Use preoperative drops as directed. Follow written instructions from your surgeon. Take it easy postop as you heal. ...Read more

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Are there causes for a second cataract surgery?

Membrane: A small percentage of patients can develop a membrane behind their lens implant that can be removed with a laser in clinic. Some refer this as a secondary cataract but it does not require the same type of surgery. ...Read more

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Can having cataract surgery also damage vision?

Not usually: Like all surgical procedures, cataract surgery can have complications. These complications can cause damage to the eye and vision. Fortunately cataract surgery complications are uncommon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do they do cataract surgery?

Can you tell me how do they do cataract surgery?

Cataract Surgery:how: The lens: usually clear, behind iris & like a "pillow in a pillowcase". When cloudy/white & affecting vision, surgery needed. Goal: remove top part of pillow case (anterior capsule), remove pillow (cataract), keep back pillow case intact (posterior capsule), place a new lens; Goal: keep capsular bag intact; ultrasound tip can puncture/disrupt bag; More info: eyedoc2020.blogspot. Com ...Read more

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Does insurance typically cover cataract surgery?

Does insurance typically cover cataract surgery?

Yes: Most insurances cover more than 80% of cataract surgery. There are new options in lens implants and surgical options which may cost extra. More info at eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com ...Read more

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What are effective alternatives to cataract surgery?

What are effective alternatives to cataract surgery?

No surgery: Cataract surgery is considered an elective procedure. Except for a few situiations, you, as the patient, decide when you want to have the surgery. If you are happy with your vision, you can wait on the surgery as long a you want. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal from cataract surgery?

Healing after CS: Healing after cataract surgery is usually very quick: depending on pre-operative risk factors (diabetes, h/o trauma, flomax (tamsulosin) use, general health), intra-operative issues (any vitreous loss), and post-operative issues: any wound leaking, infection, etc. Complications are rare: vision improves usually ...Read more

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Can you suggest any alternative to cataract surgery?

Can you suggest any alternative to cataract surgery?

No: A mature cataract has only one cure, which is surgery. Occasionally you will see homeopathic remedies for cataract in the form of drops, these are unproven and in the opinion of the vast majority of eye surgeons do nothing. Immature cataracts can often be managed by optimizing your glasses prescription. ...Read more

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