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Will Laser Eye Surgery Increase The Likelihood Of The Development Of Cataracts
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which should normally be clear. Cataracts are usually painless and develop slowly, causing a gradual worsening of vision. Cataracts will affect the vision of most individuals by the time they are at the age of 75, but risk factors speeding up their development include diabetes, too much exposure to UV light (sunlight), ...Read more
No: If there is a significant cataract, which is inside the eye, then cataract removal is the procedure needed. Many times this will correct the vision to a point where glasses may not be needed after. Lasik is an external treatment that will not treat a cataract but help reduce the need for contact lenses or glasses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
More specific: We use lasers to perform lots of different surgeries in ophthalmology, everything from glaucoma to cataract, diabetes, and perhaps most well known to treat refractive error (glasses) which i assume is what you are referring to. My observation is that the rate of laser lasik eye surgery is not significantly increasing in recent years. ...Read more
Yes: Always possible. Even without laser surgical complications, vision can still worsen after laser eye surgery. For example, you can experience myopic regression or a small change in prescription. You can have natural age-related cataract formation, presbyopia, or other reasons to develop worsening vision. It's a matter of when and how fast. ...Read more
Depends: There are many different laser eye surgeries available. Some are for vision correction, some are for glaucoma, some are for floaters in the eye, some are for retinal diseases or conditions, some are for after cataract implant opacities. Each has very different potential risks. Which do you mean? ...Read more
Ophthalmic Lasers: Lasers have been used for 1.Glaucoma treatment : NdYAG. Argon. Krypton. Dye lasers, SLT and now the new ECP Endoscopic CycloPhotocoagulation (ECP) 2. CATARACTS : Femtosecond laser by Optimedica is still experimental. 3. Corneal Refractive Laser surgery with a femtosecond laser works with extremely short infrared laser pulses. One pulse is 1 femtosecond or 0.000000000000001 second to create ...Read more
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