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I was told by my surgeon the reason l felt so much pain during my cataract operation was my medication can you tell my what tablets can cause this ?
No tablet medication: I can think of none of usual daily tablet medications that would account for pain during cataract surgery. A good retrobulbar block anesthesia completely eliminates pain of surgery by nerve block. Topical and intracameral anesthesia blocks pain at the end organ. Both methods usually yield pain free surgery. There is a rare person whose body chemistry rapidly deactivates the "caine" anesthetics ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can prednisolone-induced cataract worsen after stoppage of medication? My vision seems more blurred.
I had successful LASIK surgery. I am 64 years, black male. Excellent health, no medication. Can I still get cataracts with age in future?
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
Anti-inflammatory: The best medication for acute corneal edema after cataract surgery will be with topical steroids. This class of medications decreases inflammation and helps the cornea recover after surgery. Other non steroidal anti inflammatories can also be used. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 (tamsulosin) for an enlarged prostate. Does this or any other drug cause a problem with cataract treatment?
I need a doctor who is willing to continue my medication regimen of cyclogyl (cyclopentolate) (for cataracts, to avoid surgery), and duoneb for COPD. Can you help?
Two specialties: You want to find an eye doctor for the cyclogyl (cyclopentolate) which is used to help with posterior subcapsular cataracts to delay surgery - and a pulmonary doctor for the duoneb. Most doctors would avoid being the primary prescriber for both of these. First try to get a refill from the doctors who initially wrote these prescriptions. ...Read more
Non-drug treatment: Best way to treat cataracts is with surgery: traditional phacoemulsification/ultrasound energy is used to remove a cataract. Innovative Femtosecond lasers now can help speed recovery time & likely decrease overall energy needed to remove cataract (which likely is good for long term eye health). Natural ways to treat cataract: see "cataract prevention" at http://eyedoc2020.blogspot.com ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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