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Do I need to have EKG done for my cataract surgery?

Do I need to have EKG done for my cataract surgery?

Depends: Pre-anesthesia evaluation usually assesses the need for one based on age and medical history, cardiac exam, etc. Cataract surgery performed topically is very low cardiac risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Balin
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Electrocardiogram (Definition)

Electrocardiogram (ecg, ekg) is a print-out of the electrical forces detected by electrodes on the chest wall, as electricity travels through the heart with each heart beat. The electrodes are placed in different positions, and each position "sees" the electrical activity of the heart from its own vantage point. Abnormalities in signal detected at chest surface ...Read more


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Is cataract surgery done with a laser?

Femto Laser: The femtosecond laser was approved about 2 years ago to assist with certain steps of cataract surgery. It is not widely used because it is prohibitively expensive and not covered by insurance. Modern cataract surgery is done by ultrasound and utilizes sophisticated lens implants to correct for pre-existing refractve errors. Laser or no laser, modern cataract surgery is a miraculous operation. ...Read more

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Is the emulsification cataract surgery done under topical anesthsia?

Is the emulsification cataract surgery done under topical anesthsia?

Yes: The procedure can be done just with topical anesthesia with eye drop local anesthetics or local anesthesia gel. Some of the older ophthalmologists still use a retro bulbar block to numb the eye which may require some IV sedation. ...Read more

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What are activity restrictions after ecce cataract surgery done with stitches?

What are activity restrictions after ecce cataract surgery done with stitches?

After Cataract Surg: After Small Incision Cataract Surgery, most eyeMD still recommend no bending, lifting heavy things, straining for at least 3-5 days with shield on at night time/when sleeping; no swimming with eyes open under water as well. If you had an ECCE, most extend this to 7-10days depending if there is no wound leak at the suture site. Your MD should be able to tell you when you can lift these restrictions ...Read more

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Since cataract surgery is much cheaper in mexico, will it be safe to travel and get it done over there and will it have the same realibiltiy?

Since cataract surgery is much cheaper in mexico, will it be safe to travel and get it done over there  and will it have the same  realibiltiy?

Money v. odds: Most cataract surgery is covered by insurance. You are quite young for this condition so is there something else happening in your eye? While cataracts can be successful in mexico, you have little recourse if there is a problem. Be sure you are not covered in the usa before you make such a decision and remember that you are assuming a greater risk. ...Read more

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I need a cataract surgery and a diabetic retinopathy surgery.Which should be done first?

I need a cataract surgery and a diabetic retinopathy surgery.Which should be done first?

Depends: The timing depends on the specifics of your case. Sometimes the cataract needs to be first but other times the retinal surgery does. In other cases, both surgeries can be performed at the same time. ...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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Has anybody done cataract surgery and replaced the lens with accommodative iol?

Yes: With the right selection of patient to receive this lens and the proper expectations of the type of vision to be expected, this has been a helpful addition to this surgery. It is gradually becoming more commonplace and the available lenses are continuously being improved. Note that it is an extra personal expense not covered by insurance or medicare. Discuss with you eye surgeon. ...Read more

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Can cataract surgery be done while sitting up or always with the patient lying down?

Usually lying down: In some cases the patient can be slightly seated up if cannot lie flat; microscope has best view of cataract when patient lying flat. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...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