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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)

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


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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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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

Dr. Arthur Balin
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Galactosemia (Definition)

Galactosemia is an inherited condition in which there is an inability to break down a type of sugar called galactose, leading to its accumulation in the body. This can cause damage to the eyes, liver, kidney, and brain resulting in the yellowing of skin, seizures, poor feeding, ...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