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.
None for best vision. In most instances, cataract surgery is an elective procedure. Glasses may correct the prescription, but the vision remains blurry due to the cataract blocking the light inside the eye. Surgery is the only way currently to remove the cataract. It is a very common and effective procedure. As with any treatment, risks and benefits must be considered.

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

??the question is?? You did not state a question. Yes, a 6 yo can have cataract surgery.My youngest patient to have it done was about a year old at the time. Read more...
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...

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

Jetrea. As long as your retinal status is stable, there should be no reason to postpone your cataract surgery. Read more...
Post jetrea treatmen. I don't know the reason not to have cataract surgery ask your ophthalmologist, if there is no contraindication to surgery you can proceed with it. Read more...
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...

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

Yes. As in anyone considering any procedure, the benefits of having the treatment must be greater than the accepted risk, of course. In your father's situation, one condition does not exclude the other. Read more...
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...

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

It depends. If he has responded to treatment and is doing well and the symptoms of the cataract are impairing his daily activites, it could be considered. If he is not responding to treatment and his condition is deteriorating then it doesnt make sense. Read more...
Patient dependent. If his quality of life is affected significantly due to poor vision from a cataract, and he has good potential vision after the cataract is removed, then the risk/benefit ratio is likely in favor of having the cataract surgery done. Cancer prognosis is hard to predict, and cataract surgery is lower risk in terms of medical problems. Read more...
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...

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?

Capsular haze? Your eye(s) may be developing posterior capsular opacification which can result in lessening visual acuity as well as increasing glare symptoms. A straight forward treatment using a laser effectively corrects this problem (yag laser posterior capsulotomy). Now, because of history of uveitis, you should have your eyes evaluated anyway to rule out other causes of blurred vision; eg. Macular edema. Read more...
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...