Mysterious Eye: The Marvellous Machinery That Controls Your Sight

Should You Have Cataract Surgery If You Already Have Macular Degeneration?

As people get older, they may develop eye conditions that will need treatment. A large number of older patients will need cataract surgery, where a surgeon will remove the natural lens and replace it with an artificial one. Yet some of these patients may have a form of macular degeneration (which is also age-related) before any cataract surgery. Does this present any additional challenges, or could it make the macular degeneration worse?

Different Forms of Macular Degeneration

There are two different types of macular degeneration, both of which are typically related to advancing age. The first is more common and known as "dry," while the second may require more intervention and is generally known as "wet." In both cases, the disease will affect the central part of the eye around the retina and may make it difficult to focus on any object that is nearby. Dry macular degeneration tends to be less problematic, although there is no real cure for this at the moment. If the patient has wet macular degeneration, then the surgeon may recommend that they inject a special solution into the vitreous cavity of the eye from time to time. This procedure can help to prevent abnormal growth of blood vessels beneath the macula and keep the disease in check.

Unrelated Procedure

Cataract surgery, on the other hand, involves the lens of the eye that sits in front of the retina and is not directly related. There is no evidence to show that a procedure to replace the lens has any bearing on the patient when it comes to any existing form of macular degeneration. Furthermore, there is no evidence to suggest that the operation may trigger macular degeneration in a patient who previously did not have it.

Better Vision

When a surgeon replaces a cataract, the majority of patients report significant improvement, and this, by itself, could be advantageous for those who are already dealing with age-related macular degeneration.

Chatting with the Surgeon

If you have any concerns about your cataract surgery, talk with the surgeon before you proceed. They will carry out a comprehensive eye exam and determine the extent of any other problems before they continue. In the majority of cases, the patient will benefit from cataract surgery should the condition have deteriorated to a point where it is affecting their quality-of-life. In every situation, however, the surgeon will recommend a course of action based on your individual diagnosis.

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Mysterious Eye: The Marvellous Machinery That Controls Your Sight

The famous writer Elizabeth Bowen said: "No object is mysterious. The mystery is in your eye." How marvellously true! The eyes are an amazing, intricate piece of machinery that we only appreciate once they stop working. Pages become blurry, objects in the distance become invisible and suddenly the importance of our eyes is highlighted. As a receptionist at an optometrist's office, I am astounded by the number of clients who only visit once they have developed serious problems. I am always reminding my family and friends to have annual checkups! I started this blog to outline the ways that optometrists help with preventative eye care as well as rectifying eyesight problems. Please read, and I hope that some of the advice resonates. After all, the mysteries of the world are so much more interesting when seen clearly!

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