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What Happens When The Lens Is Removed From A Baby Due To Cataracts
Will need watching: If a cataract is removed in a baby, either a lens implant is placed during surgery, or contact lenses and/or glasses are prescribed afterwards. It is difficult to accurately predict the exact prescription needed in infants because their eyes may continue to grow, causing a change in their prescription. Regardless of which method is used, close follow-up is needed to avoid losing vision over time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: Cataracts in infants are congenital, metabolic, or from infectious causes. Cataract in infants can rapidly lead to amblyopia and permanent vision loss. Also, white appearing eyes in children may not be a cataract, but may actually be a sign of a retinoblastoma. If your child's pupil is white, it needs to be evaluated urgently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can strong ceiling lights cause cataract to an infant if her eyes were exposed to such strong lights excessively for 2 years? When my daughter was two, her pediatric noticed she had a cataract in the left eye. Further exam at the ophthalmologist confirmed
Yes, that is routine: A cataract is the clouding of the eye's natural lens. Virtually all cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and placing an artificial intra-ocular lens (iol) implant in its place. There are some newer more advanced iols that act like intraocular invisible bifocals to minimize need for postoperative glasses (multifocal iols) or to treat pre-exisiting astigmatism (toric iol). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: After cataract surgery, most patients do not have a significant prescription and do not need contacts. If you have a glasses prescription after cataract surgery, then you can consider glasses, contacts, or laser vision correction to fix the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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