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What are some of the things that cataract patient should look out for?

What are some of the things that cataract patient should look out for?

Vision decreasing: Cataracts (a white lens change): most often due to/made worse by (most common first): aging, genetics predisposition, excessive sun exposure, smoking, diabetes, steroid medication, previous trauma, inflammation, infection in the eye causing inflammation; previous intraocular eye surgery; other genetic conditions; can be congenital; Symptoms: glare especially at night; cloudy vision, decreased VA. ...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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Dp patients with cataracts pupils react to light?

Dp patients with cataracts pupils react to light?

Yes: If the eye is normal behind the cataract, no matter how dense, the pupils will react to light. ...Read more

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Does medicare cover the new type of lenses for cataract patients?

Does medicare cover the new type of lenses for cataract patients?

No: Medicare will cover the cost of the cataract surgery itself, but will not cover the cost of advanced technology lenses for correction of astigmatism or for decreasing the need for reading glasses after surgery. ...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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Why do patients prefer laser cataract surgery?

Why do patients prefer laser cataract surgery?

New technology : Laser cataract surgery holds great promise for performing a more precise and safer cataract surgery . Some people are attracted to these claims. Early results are promising but more data is still needed. I have little doubt that laser cataract surgery will be the standard of care but it is still in its infancy ...Read more

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How to retard cataract formation in elderly patients ?Are there any glasses/medications for same ?

How to retard cataract formation in elderly patients ?Are there any glasses/medications for same ?

Factors: Although nothing besides surgery can cure cataracts, there are factors to control that can help not speed up the formation. These include: uv protective eyewear, no tobacco smoking, eating a antioxidant-rich nutritious diet, controlling diabetes, maintaining controlled blood pressure, possibly vegetarian diet. Controversy still exists in the optimal balance of modifiable risk factors. ...Read more

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Am i a good candidate for cataract surgery at my age? I have been diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes. I recently turned 80 and am concerned about my prospects as a cataract surgery patient. I don't want any set-backs. What makes a good candidate? .

Am i a good candidate for cataract surgery at my age? I have been diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes. I recently turned 80 and am concerned about my prospects as a cataract surgery patient. I don't want any set-backs. What makes a good candidate? 

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I : I am a doctor 67 years old & have a cataract in 1 eye; so I am answering this question with more than a second opinion. My eye doctor explained to me, that if i can do my work & my activities of daily living with my prescription eye glasses, then i don't need the surgery.My left eye, that has a cataract, has blurred vision if i close my good eye & this is only when i read. So my answer, to simplify is, if there is interference with your activities of daily living then consult your eye doctror & if her recommends it, then get it done. See your eye doctor periodically if you are having any trouble with your eyes as there may be other problems at your age like macular degeneration. If your eyye doctor suggests it & you have difficulty with actitivities of daily living, then definitly yes; otherwise there is time to wait & watch. ...Read more

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How effective is a patient's vision after cataract surgery?

How effective is a patient's vision after cataract surgery?

Excellent.: Assuming there is no other eye disease and the surgery goes well without complications, your vision should be close to 20/20. ...Read more

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Can I have out patient cataract surgery if I'm 3 weeks pregnant?

Can I have out patient cataract surgery if I'm 3 weeks pregnant?

Yes: Just make sure the ophthalmologist and the anesthesiologist know you are pregnant and remember that most miscarriages occur in the first 12 weeks and the surgery will not decrease that risk ( most studies suggest about 1 in 4). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is the structural integrity of the cornea in any way compromised post-lasik when the patient years later requires cataract surgery?

Is the structural integrity of the cornea in any way compromised post-lasik when the patient years later requires cataract surgery?

No: As long as you have a baseline healthy cornea that can tolerate lasik, should not affect future cataract surgery. However lasik makes it more difficult to calculate corneal power when selecting a replacement lens. ...Read more

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