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How long does vision changes associated with congenital cataract last?

How long does vision changes associated with congenital cataract last?

Depends on severity: The child with cataract needs to be examined by the pediatric ophthalmologist. Congenital cataract is one of the cause of ambylopia. The best option for majority of the congenital cataract is cataract surgery and vision correction very early to avoid ambylopia. Visual development is very crucial in the early childhood. The child needs clear media to see and develop his/her visual pathway. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

Down syndrome is the classic presentation clinically of the congenital malformation syndrome also known as Trisomy 21. Classic features may include simian creases, epicanthal folds, upslanting palpebral fissures, flat nasal bridge, hypertelorism, low set ears, endocardial cushion defects of the heart, atlanto-axial joint instability, blood ...Read more


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Is congenital cataract extraction in baby risky?

Is congenital cataract extraction in baby risky?

Congenital cataract: Congenital cataract surgery is difficult to perform. However pediatric ophthalmologists are experienced in this type of surgery and do a good job. If the cataract is dense it is more risky to leave it in place as this could result in amblyopia. ...Read more

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Are there good natural treatments for congenital cataract?

Are there good natural treatments for congenital cataract?

Not really: N-acetylcarnosine (NAC) in small studies showed improve vision in cataract patients. However, has not been studied in double blind, randomized, prospective way & studies paid for by company- vested interest. It is not FDA approved. Surgery only cure. Sun protection & eating a diet rich in antioxidants may help prevent worsening. More info at: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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Removing a congenital cataract difficult?

Congenital cataract: Congenital cataracts can be difficult to remove. However a pediatric ophthalmologist experienced in this type of surgery will do a good job for you. ...Read more

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What are the tests for congenital cataract?

Direct exam: The only way is to actually look into the child's eye when dilated. Usually it's pretty obvious since you get a white reflex instead of a red one. If the eye doc is not sure, the exam can be done under general anesthesia. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of congenital cataract?

What are the symptoms of congenital cataract?

Maybe none!: Congenital cataracts often have no symptoms. If they are causing problems, vision may be cloudy or fuzzy. Glare can also be a big problem. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a congenital cataract?

What sort of disease is a congenital cataract?

Born with it: In rare circumstances, infants are born with cataracts and the causes are varied. It can be a genetic problem with eye development, or due to some exposure to various medications in the womb. This is a very serious condition and needs prompt attention from a pediatric ophthalmologist who can advise and treat. ...Read more

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Is a congenital cataract considered disablility?

Congenital: disable?: Congenital Cataract can cause amblyopia/lazy eye: occurs when eye does not have visual input to the brain for the connection to develop. Disability depends on severity of cataract & vision loss, so it depends on vision & visual field. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to remove a congenital cataract?

Depends : It depends on the age of the patient. If its a child then it needs pediatric ophthalmologist who does cataract surgery. If its adult an experience cataract surgeon should be able to take care of it safely. Sometime depends on the kind of cataract, the surgery can be challenging but it could be done. ...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


Dr. Christopher Bardorf
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Congenital Cataract (Definition)

Congenital cataract is a condition in which a baby's lens of the eye is cloudy at birth which may require no treatment or may require a lens replacement surgery, depending on the ...Read more