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What happens when the lens is removed from a baby due to cataracts?

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 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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Can incubator cause cataracts in babies?

Can incubator cause cataracts in babies?

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 more

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Are congenital cataracts in babies of teenagers rare?

Congenital Cat %: Congenital cataracts: cause 5%-20% of blindness in children worldwide. Incidence varies from country to country. Prevalence of infantile cataracts in the US: 3-4 visually significant cataracts per 10,000 live births. More info: eyedoc2020 blogspot com ...Read more

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Could a child born with infant cataract lead a normal life?

Could a child born with infant cataract lead a normal life?

Yes: It depends on how dense the cataract is and whether it is in one eye or both. Good vision can be achieved in most cases. Most kids with congenital cataracts can lead a normal life even if the vision is not 100% normal. ...Read more

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I have congenital cataracts, and i'm just wondering what percentage of the worlds babies hav the same condition?

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

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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

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

No : Light has been shown to be toxic to the retina in premise. Uv lights can cause cataracts but seen with years of exposure. Your child probably has a posterior polar cataract. These types of cataract usually don't affect the vision significantly. ...Read more

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What happens when the lens is removed for cataracts?

Liquified!: The lens, and the cataract that is forming in the lens, is liquified by a process called phakoemulsification. That liquid is rinsed and drained out, so that the lens of the eye is gone. ...Read more

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When having your cataracts removed, can you have a lens put in to improve your vision?

When having your cataracts removed, can you have a lens put in to improve your vision?

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 more

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Do i need contact lenses or not after cataracts removed?

Do i need contact lenses or not after cataracts removed?

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 more

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Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more