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Yoga Poses For Eye Cataracts
In the middle of july I had s cataract removed and a lens put in my right eye. Mid sept I had the same thing done to my left eye. I now have a lot of?
Occurs whent here 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). Can be worsened by long-term topical steroid ...Read more
Cataract Cost: Depending on which implant & advanced technology chosen (ie, multifocal lens, accommodating lens, femtosecond laser, ORA, limbal relaxing incisions, etc), cost can range from few hundred per eye (if get basic, monofocal, no extra technology) to $3000-6000 per eye for premium, state of the art cataract surgery. ...Read more
2nd eye cataract: After presumably successful cataract surgery on a patient's first eye, he will be given the option of whether he wants the other eye operated on. Most patients will eventually decide to do this, but it's not mandatory. It mainly depends on the severity of the other cataract and if the patient is having persistent visual symptoms from it. ...Read more
Not needed: A cataract is an opacity of the substance of the natural lens. Surgical correction is done by removal of this material. A cataract of this sort cannot recur although the supporting back membrane holding the artificial lens can lose transparency requiring a quick laser procedure to open it up and restore vision. Rarely a lens may need changing or stabilizing but this is corrective and not a redo. ...Read more
Cataract surgery: Deep set eyes used to be rather difficult to do when my surgical technique involved incision formation underneath the upper eyelid in the white to clear junction of the eye (limbus). Now my technique has shifted to the lateral side of the eye through a clear corneal incision. This helps by avoiding the prominent superior orbital rim (eye brow area) and allowing better access to the eye. ...Read more
Depends, often 1 wk: Presuming that cataract surgery is uncomplicated, I ask my patients to avoid submerging the eye in water (no pools, hot tubs, etc.) and to avoid strenuous activity for one week and avoid eye rubbing for 2-3 weeks. Many patients have fairly good vision within the first few days after cataract surgery, although blur can persist for weeks if there is significant corneal swelling or other issues. ...Read more
Yes: Well, it is no less safe than those who have both eyes, but obviously no one wants to operate on a lone eye if there is no real problem. If it is truly symptomatic and causing impaired quality of life, it should be removed. Unless there was a problem with cataract surgery in the other eye, there should be no increased risk. ...Read more
You can: You can, but you may not need them to see clearly. This can only be determined by examination and refraction. But if you want glasses you can have them and not harm the eye, even if is as simple as you do not want to wear readers and build the reading into a pair of glasses for convenience. ...Read more
Might turn white: An advanced untreated cataract will eventually turn white in the pupillary space. If still untreated, some will dissolve and lose the white color but more often will rupture and set up a terrific inflammation inside the eye. In this era, cataract removal is so predictable and safe that advanced cataracts should be rare. ...Read more
Depends: It really depends on the technique used by the surgeon and the surgeon's preference. We do not allow our patients to get the eye wet for one week and no swimming for 2 weeks. Other than that, we do not limit our patients' activities. Ask your surgeon for the specific requirements. ...Read more
Caution: It is always difficult for a patient to have surgery in the one and only functioning eye. For my one-eyed patients, I suggest that they are 'miserable' with their vision, before pulling the trigger and having cataract surgery. As there are always risks, if you are miserable, the surgery would no doubt be worth the risk. Having said that, the surgery is very safe and has a near 100% success rate. ...Read more
Cataract surgery: After cataract surgery patients recover very quickly, with good vision in one to 7 days and eye drops for about a month. You can return to normal activities the day after surgery. Restrictions are minimal, just avoiding rubbing and no swimming for a few weeks. There is scarring that holds the new lens implant in place and normal healing of the wound. ...Read more
Usually OK: I can only talk from the standpoint of one who performs this surgery. If the only problem in the eye is a cataract, the results are usually excellent with restoration of normal visual function. All surgeries have risks, but cataract surgery is so well worked out that these risks are tiny. The procedure itself is usually painless, recovery is rapid and most can't wait to have the 2nd eye done. ...Read more
Yes: Blunt force injury can cause traumatic cataracts but does not cause cataracts every time. ...Read more
Yes: Sometimes the force that hits the eyes is sufficient to carry enough energy to the lens that it will opacify and become a cataract. That in fact is why the name traumatic cataract exists. ...Read more
Yes, but not LASIK: There are new technologies available which use a laser to break up the lens to allow it to be removed from a small incision in the eye. Most surgery in the us uses sound waves rather than laser to break up the lens, again through a small incision. Laser cataract surgery may have some advantages (it is new, and opinions vary among eye mds), and is an add'l charge not covered by your insurance. ...Read more
Ask your surgeon: Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed operation and is very successful. There are only a few restrictions during the healing period, such as use of medicated eye drops, keeping the eye free from dirt or water, and avoiding heavy exercise. Depending on your surgeon and type of operation, there may be other restrictions, but they will discuss this with you. ...Read more
Likely unrelated: Is it much blacker than your other eye? Often heredity, lack of sleep or allergies of the eye/nasal sinus area can contribute to dark circles. Getting better sleep and addressing whatever allergies that may have, both in the eyes and in the sinuses, may lessen the dark circles. Less commonly, conditions such as eczema, anemia, or liver disease can cause these circles; discuss with your md. ...Read more
Varies: Every cataract progresses at different rates. It can be weeks, months or years. ...Read more
Where would you like: To start These are 3 huge topics to cover in 5 sentences! How is your mom's eye's doing? Depends on her degree of glaucoma, if she has cataracts, or have had them removed, and what meds/procedures she's had done, and the entropion is separately treated by oculoplastics from her glaucoma and cataract management. Hope her pressures are good! Also, ask her eye doctor is best! ...Read more
3 months after cataract surgery, now when ever I close my eyes I see light green. Is this normal?
Colors OK: Especially as this appears to be happening in both eyes, I would expect your brain to 'neuroadapt' or gradually get 'used to' the way light now enters your eye. For most patients after cataract surgery, they feel colors are generally more vivid and 'whites are whiter'. However, like getting used to a new pair of glasses these new lenses will take some adjustment over the first 6-12 months. ...Read more
For the last couple of days I have been seen tiny spots in my right eye only. Is it possible I may have cataracts?
Not likely: At 26 years old, it's very unlikely unless you've had some sort of trauma to that eye. If the spots are floating around in your vision (vs. Visible on your eyeball in the mirror), it's likely you've developed floaters. New-onset floaters should be checked out by an eye md (ophthalmologist) to ensure that they haven't caused any tears in the retina which would require lasering. ...Read more
Appointment for an eye exam and he discovered that I have cataracts in both eyes. My od wants to wait a year. So why wait?
It depends: It depends on how much the cataracts are affecting your vision. If you are only minimally affected (few symptoms, not routinely frustrated by visual symptoms) then the surgery won't make a large improvement in vision and it won't be covered by insurance. The symptoms and vision will get worse and then it may make sense to operate. You will have improved vision after surgery and it will be covered. ...Read more
Displaced lens from cataract surgery. I can see the lens (black circle floating in lower eyeball. Is it anterior or posterior?
Posterior: Displaced lenses are almost always posteriorGet a more detailed answer ›