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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Is the structural integrity of the cornea in any way compromised post-lasik when the patient years later requires cataract surgery?
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