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Both eyes epiretinal membranes & cataracts. Dr said I have option of vitrectomy and cataract removal in both eyes on same day. Is this a good idea?

Both eyes epiretinal membranes & cataracts. Dr said I have option of vitrectomy and cataract removal in both eyes on same day. Is this a good idea?

ERM & Cataracts: Epiretinal membranes (ERM) can affect central vision. Often they do not. If OCT (optical coherence tomography) shows a significant ERM, removal at time of cataract surgery is recommended. If ERM mild, it is ok to remove cataract first: but know pt may need ERM removed in future. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Vitrectomy (Definition)

A vitrectomy operation is a microsurgical procedure performed under a microscope in which the retinal surgeon removes vitreous gel from the back of the eye. A tiny cutting instrument is used as well as a fiberoptic light. . A variety of other instruments, such as a laser may be used, depending on the circumstances. The operation is usually performed under local ...Read more


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After recovery from vitrectomy for macular pucker and subsequent cataract surgery will a patient be able to wear contact lenses?

After recovery from vitrectomy for macular pucker and subsequent cataract surgery will a patient be able to wear contact lenses?

Contacts after CS: Depending on the type of cataract surgery performed (sutures used or not), the vast majority of patients can use contact lenses after surgery (usually after 1-3months) if needed still after surgery: our goal in most patients is to help them be glasses/contact lenses free. More information at eyedoc2020.blogspot.com ...Read more

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My father had a cataract surgery, but some dislocated lens debris has gotten into the vitreous cavity. Will vitrectomy be safe, or does it pose risks?

My father had a cataract surgery, but some dislocated lens debris has gotten into the vitreous cavity. Will vitrectomy be safe, or does it pose risks?

Vitrectomy: Victrectomy is usually safe,but surgical procedures can be accompanied with complications which will be explained by the doctor performing the surgery.The decision to proceed with the procedure is up to the patient after all complications are fully understood. ...Read more

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How long before sight returns after catarct and vitrectomy operation on an eye?

How long before sight returns after catarct and vitrectomy operation on an eye?

Depends: The eye usually starts to look and feel better after a couple of weeks. Visual recovery depends on the severity of the underlying retinal disease and what techniques were used during surgery. For example, if gas or oil where used, your recovery might be weeks or months. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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What happens if you have cataracts and you don't have them removed?

What happens if you have cataracts and you don't have them removed?

Generally nothing: Cataracts almost never have to be removed. In certain cases of narrow angle closure glaucoma they can be removed as an effective treatment. In the case of traumatic cataracts, such as during a penetrating injury, they can incite inflammation and need to be removed. Also for young children with large cataracts they need to be removed early to prevent irreversible blindness from amblyopia ...Read more

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Am I really more likely to get cataracts if I don’t wear sunglasses?

Am I really more likely to get cataracts if I don’t wear sunglasses?

It depends: There are many things that have been linked to increase cataracts aging, diabetes, certain medications, smoking, trauma, and uv light exposure. Increase uv light has been showing to increase cataract formation. A more important reason to wear sunglasses is to prevent damage to the retina which captures the light we see. Cataracts can be removes, but retinas ca not be repaired once damaged. ...Read more

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If you have a cataract, can it be too early to have it removed? If so, why? I have one but Dr says it's not ready. I don't understand why wait.

If you have a cataract, can it be too early to have it removed?  If so, why?  I have one but Dr says it's not ready.  I don't understand why wait.

Cataract: when: 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

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Can only old people get cataracts? I'm 25 years old, and sometimes i can't see well because my vision is cloudy or i see double. Could I have cataracts?

Can only old people get cataracts? I'm 25 years old, and sometimes i can't see well because my vision is cloudy or i see double. Could I have cataracts?

Anyone can get them: Cataracts are a clouding of the crystalline lens in your eye. The most common reason for cataracts to form is age, however, people can be born with them, get them from trauma, or due to medications such as steroids. Cloudy or double vision can be due to cataract, but if it is intermittent, it is more likely due to dry eye, astigmatism, or another cause. Best way to know is a dilated eye exam. ...Read more

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Please help! what happens to cataracts if you don't remove them?

Please help! what happens to cataracts if you don't remove them?

Progression: Almost all cataracts except some that are congenital, will progress to the point of complete blockage of the vision over time. The rate is variable. There is a slightly higher risk to treating cataracts in more advanced stages so it is better to have them removed when the vision is functionally disturbed. ...Read more

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For centuries children and adults did ok treating cataract with home remedies. Why can't i?

For centuries children and adults did ok treating cataract with home remedies. Why can't i?

Not true : There are no known 'home remedies', natural supplements, or medication with any proven efficacy in treating cataracts. Currently the treatment is observation, refractive correction (glasses etc) until surgery is indicated. I'm hopeful that, in the future, non surgical treatments will become available to this common condition. ...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