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Removing a congenital cataract difficult?

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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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 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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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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What is the definition or description of: Congenital cataract?

What is the definition or description of: Congenital cataract?

Cataract: Density or opacity in the lens, age related in the elderly or often infection related in infants (from infection in the mother). ...Read more

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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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What are the tests for congenital cataract?

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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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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Is removing a congenital cataract when you are an adult worth it?

Depends: If your vision declines from its baseline, this may be related to your cataract. It is common for non or mildly symptomatic congenital cataracts to progress in early adulthood. Cataract surgery can be of benefit at that point. ...Read more

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What does it mean to be born with progressive congenital cataract?

What does it mean to be born with progressive congenital cataract?

Congenital Cataract: Congential Cataract (eye's lens has white color change) can cause amblyopia/lazy eye: occurs when eye does not have visual input to the brain for the connection to develop. If told have severe amblyopia, it is unlikely for a cataract surgery will give 20/20. 1st get good refraction/glasses. If VA worse than 20/40 & not due to lazy eye: surgery may improve vision. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot ...Read more

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Could the removal of a congenital cataract in an adult help improve their vision?

Could the removal of a congenital cataract in an adult help improve their vision?

It depends: If your eye was lazy as a child due to the cataract, then you may not get much vision improvement from cataract surgery as an adult. On the other hand, if you initially saw well then the vision got worse because of the cataract, then you have a better prognosis for vision improvement. ...Read more

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I'm wondering can the removal of a congenital cataract in an adult help improve their vision?

I'm wondering can the removal of a congenital cataract in an adult help improve their vision?

Amblyopia & CS: Amblyopia/lazy eye: occurs when eye does not have visual input to the brain for the connection to develop. If told have severe amblyopia, it is unlikely for a cataract surgery to improve vision. However, that said, I & many eyeMDs have patients who were told they had a lazy eye but ended up having significantly improved vision after cataract surgery or PPV/ vitrectomy. See eyedoc2020.Blogspot.com ...Read more

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Please tell me, could the removal of a congenital cataract in an adult help improve their vision?

Please tell me, could the removal of a congenital cataract in an adult help improve their vision?

Congential Cataract: Congential Cataract can cause amblyopia/lazy eye: occurs when eye does not have visual input to the brain for the connection to develop. If told have severe amblyopia, it is unlikely for a cataract surgery to give 20/20. Pts who were told they had a lazy eye can have significantly improved VA after cataract surgery. See eyedoc2020.Blogspot. ...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?

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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How do I help a 20 yr old friend from abroad with congenital cataract?

Where located?: If 20 years old has had all the basic elements of vision developed. Many congenital cataracts are static and a lot do not affect vision. If they are progressive they might need removal. Is your friend in a location where eye care is available. If not, and you are good friends, perhaps you can help him come to your location, be evaluated and have this dealt with. ...Read more

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Anything they can do to improve vision years after congenital cataract surgery?

Possibly: You should see an eye doctor to determine if anything can be done to improve vision. In some cases, glasses or a contact lens can help improve vision. Other issues such as glaucoma, amblyopia, etc may limit best corrected vision though. ...Read more

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How long does white spot visible on pupil associated with congenital cataract last?

How long does white spot visible on pupil associated with congenital cataract last?

Until cataract out: The congenital cataract sits right behind the pupil, and may appear as the white spot. If this spot is the cataract, it will stay until surgically removed, which is not needed unless/until vision is compromised from aging related cataract changes. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Galactosemia (Definition)

It is a rare genetic metabolic disorder that affects an individual's ability to metabolize the sugar galactose properly. If it is a newborn he cannot be on breast milk of cow's milk based formula, he should be switched to soy formula and ...Read more


Dr. Christopher Bardorf
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Congenital Cataract (Definition)

Density or opacity in the lens, age related in the elderly or often infection related in infants (from ...Read more