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Is lensectomy a cataract operation?
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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Essentially, yes.
Lensectomy is the doctors name for removal of the crystalline lens in the eye, which is the same thing that is done with a cataract operation. It can be done from either the front approach usually used by cataract surgeons, or the rear approach often used by retinal surgeons. In most cases, an artificial lens (implant) is used to replace the removed natural lens.

In brief: Yes
Essentially, yes.
Lensectomy is the doctors name for removal of the crystalline lens in the eye, which is the same thing that is done with a cataract operation. It can be done from either the front approach usually used by cataract surgeons, or the rear approach often used by retinal surgeons. In most cases, an artificial lens (implant) is used to replace the removed natural lens.
Dr. Jeffrey Paul
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Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Lensectomy cataract
They are the same procedure (remove lens and replace with artificial lens).
The issue is the indication and insurance coverage. Cataract surgery is generally an insurance covered service because the clouded lens limits visual potential (considered a medical condition). Lensectomy is non-covered because it is done to reduce the need for glasses(elective).

In brief: Lensectomy cataract
They are the same procedure (remove lens and replace with artificial lens).
The issue is the indication and insurance coverage. Cataract surgery is generally an insurance covered service because the clouded lens limits visual potential (considered a medical condition). Lensectomy is non-covered because it is done to reduce the need for glasses(elective).
Dr. Val Zudans
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sort of!
Lensectomy is removing the natural lens from within the eye.
If the natural lens has turned cloudy, i.e. A cataract, and surgery is performed to remove the cataract it is a lensectomy. This is usually followed by replacing it with an artificial lens during the same surgery. Some times a clear natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens to eliminate the need for glasses.

In brief: Sort of!
Lensectomy is removing the natural lens from within the eye.
If the natural lens has turned cloudy, i.e. A cataract, and surgery is performed to remove the cataract it is a lensectomy. This is usually followed by replacing it with an artificial lens during the same surgery. Some times a clear natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens to eliminate the need for glasses.
Dr. Michael Ham
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Dr. Daniel Gradin
In some children or young adults, a "lensectomy" is performed to remove the lens if it has shifted from the normal position, or if it has developed a cataract. The replacement artificial lens may or may not be inserted at the same time.
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
A lensectomy merely means removing the lens from the eye for whatever reason. In cataract surgery, the lens is removed because it is cloudy or opacified.
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Sort of
Lensectomy is the term used when a lens is removed that has no disease.
This is most often done to reduce the need for glasses. It is a controversial operation. A cataract extraction is technically a lensectomy.

In brief: Sort of
Lensectomy is the term used when a lens is removed that has no disease.
This is most often done to reduce the need for glasses. It is a controversial operation. A cataract extraction is technically a lensectomy.
Dr. Tim Conrad
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology
In brief: Generally yes
The lens most often is removed for cataracts but can also be removed in a "Clear Lens Exchange" for those who want to be rid of glasses for distance, reading, near. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.
com

In brief: Generally yes
The lens most often is removed for cataracts but can also be removed in a "Clear Lens Exchange" for those who want to be rid of glasses for distance, reading, near. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.
com
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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