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What is the alternative to surgery for cataracts for a 80 year old?

What is the alternative to surgery for cataracts for a 80 year old?

Poor vision: If you have cataracts, and cannot see well there are not too many options aside from surgery. Cataract surgery is an elective surgery so you never need to have it. Your vision will remain poor if you do not have surgery but they will not kill you. However, if you have cataracts, the best way to improve your vision is to have surgery. ...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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Is it safe for a 6 year old to have cataract surgery?

Is it safe for a 6 year old to have cataract surgery?

Yes!: Cataract surgery is indicated for 6 years old and younger in certain situations. Timing may be very important at this age. Find a good ophthalmologist, move with caution, but take care of the 6 year old. Surgery can be indicated much earlier in life in some situations. ...Read more

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Can you tell me everything about contact lenses for 65 year old after cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery: You should not need contact lenses after cataract surgery. The surgery and new implants should replace the need for contacts after the surgery. If needed, you can be refitted with the same make and model of contacts with the new power if needed. ...Read more

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After cataract surgery, how long do I need to wait before i can drive? I am semi-retired, 64 years old and a school bus driver part of the year. I'm preparing to have cataract surgery. How long after my surgery should I wait before it is safe for me to go

After cataract surgery, how long do I need to wait before i can drive? I am semi-retired, 64 years old and a school bus driver part of the year. I'm preparing to have cataract surgery. How long after my surgery should I wait before it is safe for me to go

Discuss with doc: You should discuss this with your surgeon. Your vision should recover very quickly after cataract surgery unless there are special circumstances. Most patients can drive almost immediately, however, there can be some challenges using both eyes together if the un-operated eye has a high prescription. ...Read more

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82 year old-jetrea treatment early jan. 2014. Since eyestrain, eyelid heaviness and tired. Dr keeps postponing cataract surgery. Others recommend. ?

82 year old-jetrea treatment early jan. 2014. Since eyestrain, eyelid heaviness and tired. Dr keeps postponing cataract surgery. Others recommend. ?

When to do cataracts: If no macular issues & If best vision is worse than 20/40 or glare is significantly affecting VA, most surgeons prefer to do surgery soon 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 decide for surgery soon. More info:eyedoc2020.blogspot.com ...Read more

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Could my 87 year old father have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?

Could  my 87 year old father have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?

Yes: This decision hinges on balancing the potential benefit of the surgery and your father's quality of life. If cataracts are mild, and he is not significantly hampered, i'd likely advise deferring surgery. If vision changes are severe and quality of life is significantly affected, it is not unreasonable. The decision should be made in concert with your father's oncologist to help clarify. ...Read more

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Does it make sense for my 87-year-old father to have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?

Yes, it does.: To be able to see things clearly is part of quality of life. If he has a poor vision due to his cataract and cataract surgery can fix it- absolutely it is a good thing to do, if that can be done safely. The surgery itself is minor and with very minimal side effects. The fear of falling will increase significantly when we are older and it'd be very helpful if at least we can see things clearly. ...Read more

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I am 26 year old. I undergone steroid induced cataract surgery & uveitis on both eyes but under control.Now blurred vision what may be problem now ?

Depends: It depends on how long after the surgery as well. It could be simply dry eyes or related to edema in the cornea or retina. Your ophthalmologist can best assess what might be causing the blurry vision. ...Read more

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