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Medicine For Congenital Cataract
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Eye changes Cong. Cat: Congenital Cataract (lens opacity at birth) can cause amblyopia/lazy eye: occurs when eye does not have visual input to the brain for the connection to develop. The eye grows normally otherwise. Early cataract surgery with implant or Contact Lens gives child great chance of vision. More info: eyedoc2020.Blogspot. Com ...Read more
If being aphakic from congenital cataract puts me at risk of eye problems, why not just implant lenses now? I'm 41, have been aphakic since 1 year old
Aphakic: Discuss with your Dr over there. Need much more detail to be able to help. ...Read more
What to do if I have congenital cataracts. Its really frustrating when I can't read the board at school and stuff. Is anyone going through the same thing?
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 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. Com ...Read more
Depends: Not all cataracts require surgery. If best vision is worse than 20/40 or glare is significantly affecting VA, most surgeons prefer to do surgery sooner but depends on pt's sx, pt's risk factors, pt's preferences; also, though no guarantees with any surgery, many patients are less dependent on glasses & even glasses free after surgery which helps many in decision process: eyedoc2020.blogspot. Com ...Read more
1.2 - 6 cases/ 10000:
According to emedicine
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1210837-overview#a0199
1.2 - 6 cases / 1000. ...Read more
What to do if I am fourteen and I've inherited congenital cataracts from my dad's side of the family. Is this rare?
Uncommon, not rare: I would say that its uncommon, but not rare. Its hard to measure as there are many cataracts that are mild and not detectable or visually significant, unless examined by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Various: Cataract is a generic term for any opacity in the structure of the natural lens. You can be born with anything from trivial opacities to profound deposits. The minor ones frquently do not need anything done and cause no symptoms. The major ones can block vision, cause an eye to turn in or out, and can cause permanent loss of vision. Your pediatric ophthalmologist is an expert at these. ...Read more
Congenital cataracts: They are pre-existing - so the answer would be yes. ...Read more
Should I be concerned if my daugher was born with congenital cataracts. Was anyone else here born with them?
Consult ophthalmolog: She needs to be seen by a pediatric ophthalmologist who does cataract surgery. She may need surgery or observation, and it depends on her condition. Majority of time the patient may need surgery to stimulate visual development. Its no that common the incidence is 1.2-6 cases per 10, 000. ...Read more
I have congenital cataracts, and I'm just wondering what percentage of the worlds babies hav the same condition?
No one knows: A cataract is an opacity of the lens of the eye. While many affect vision there are many that do not. Consequently, many persons born with some degree of cataract, will never have them evaluated and even those that affect vision in the third world, are frequently ignored. So the true number, probably rather small, is not known, even in the first world since vision may not be changed. ...Read more