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How many cataract operations before an ophthalmologist can be considered "experienced"?

My opthamologist is a young man who has performed "only" 160 cataract operations. I am worried that that might not be sufficient experience to do an operation on my eye since I am almost 88 years old.

You may find the Cataract Free America "50 Tough Questions For Your Cataract Doctor" helpful.

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What is cataract and what form does the removal operation takes?

If someone has been operated upon for cataract, can he see properly thereafter? Will there be a scar on the eye or around it?

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens, the part of the eye responsible for focusing light and producing clear, sharp images. The lens is contained in a sealed bag or capsule. As old cells die they become trapped within the capsule. Over time, the cells accumulate causing the lens to cloud, making images look blurred or fuzzy. For most people, cataracts are a natural result of aging. In fact, they are the leading cause of visual loss among adults 55 and older. Eye injuries, certain medications, and diseases such as diabetes and alcoholism have also been known to cause cataracts. Not all cataracts impair vision or affect daily living. For those that do, common symptoms include: Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy, or filmy vision. Glare from lamps or the sun, which may be severe. Difficulty driving at night due to glare from headlights. Frequent changes in eyeglass prescription. Double vision. Second sight. Difficulty performing daily activities because of vision problems. Presently, there is no medication, eye drops, exercises or glasses to cure or prevent cataracts. Cataract surgery is the only way to remove a cataract. Cataract treatment is one of the safest and most common types of surgery.
*Cataracts cannot be removed with a laser, but only through surgical incision. *
In cataract surgery the cloudy lens is removed from the eye. The focusing power of the removed lens is achieved by replacing it with a permanent intraocular lens implant (IOL), which has been selected to suit the specific eye measurements of each patient. All questions for detailed information should be obtained from your doctor or ophthalmic specialist.
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Has anybody undergone cataract surgery and replaced the lens with accommodative IOL.How do you feel the result?

I intend to do cataract surgery in my left eye. I need advice from actual people who had used accommodative lens.

IOL implantation has revolutionised cataract surgery which has totally replaced the previous intra capsular extraction. You may certainly under go the IOL surgery on your ophthalmologist advice who may decide the type of lens to be used after performing all necessary tests including 'A' scan etc., when he may decide about the use of a flexible IOL or otherwise in your case!
Now a days even advanced cataract operations like Phacolysis etc., also available which may be advised by your consulting ophthalmologist.  (+ info)

How long after cataract surgery before you can see how corrected your vision is?

I had a vitrectomy/cataract op 2 days ago and my vision in that eye is really fuzzy. My other eye was operated on and right after the patch came off I could see well in that eye, but with this one everything is fuzzy, a lot worse than the other eye. How long did it take for you guys to see as good as it was gonna ge?

I've had cataract surgery in both eyes. The improvement in my vision was immediate. You should speak with your doc.  (+ info)

What causes a cataract? Is there any way to get rid of it without eye surgery?

I heard that a cataract is a preventable disease. Now that I already have it, is it too late for me to do anything to get rid of it without eye surgery?
Is there any alternative medicine for treating cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the whole or part of the lens inside the eye, resulting in blurred or distorted vision. It may be caused by normal aging (age-related), exposure to the sun's ultraviolet radiation over many years, injury (traumatic) or disease (secondary). Most cataracts occur and develop after age 55 slowly but some babies are born with cataracts (congenital).

In general, there is no way to prevent age-related cataracts. If you have eyeglasses or contact lenses, make sure they're the most accurate prescription possible. Limit your night driving. When you go outside during the day, wear sunglasses to reduce glare.  (+ info)

What symptoms develop when you have a cataract in your eye?

My eye doctor says I was born with cataracts, they were little but the one in my left eye seems to be getting bigger. I am VERY near sighted with astigatisim and now need bifocals. I see just fine when I wear my glasses. But aside from doctor doing more tests (which I really can't afford) What happens when the cataract gets too large?

Just a little info: It shouldn't cost too much for an optometrist to check and see if your cataracts are bad. They would need to dilate your eyes, which should run about 15. They also might do a visual fields test, which is just meant to determine if the cataracts (or anything else) are causing you to have blind spots. It will check your periferal vision and everything. The cost for this too will vary, but where I work, it's a package deal with the third thing you would need, which is having photos taken of your eyes. They use a special camera, while your eyes are dilated, and they actually take a photo of your retinas and the surrounding area of your eyes. This will actually let the doctor keep a record of the health of your eyes, so that at your next visit he/she will be able to tell exactly how much the cataract or whatever has changed. These two tests, the visual fields and the photos, are 30 for both where I work. So for 45 bucks, you could have your answer for sure. Good luck.  (+ info)

How can you remove a cataract without having to undergo surgery?

Please, there has to be a way to remove a cataract without surgery. Thank you very much in advance!

nope. surgery. if there was another way, we wouldn't need the surgery.  (+ info)

How to heal the eye after cataract surgery did not go well?

Using nutrition to get rid of remaining cataract and heal the eye and build pressure back in the other eye.

I am way out of my league here, but I do want to tell you that Similysan makes eye drops that are specific for cataracts. It is homeopathic and I believe you'll find it at most health food stores.

Also found this reference: "My father-in-law knew people who had been cured [of cataracts] by steeping Wild Burdock burrs and taking a small drink 3-4 times a day." (John Tobe, in "Cataract, Glaucoma and Other Eye Disorders")

Dr. Thomas Bartram recommends a lacto-vegetarian diet, carrot juice, brewer's yeast, yellow-green vegetables, spinach and apple cider vinegar (2 teaspoons to a glass of water, sip throughout the day).  (+ info)

How can I find a doctor who can diagnose cataract and charge reasonable?

My mom has no insurance, under 65. I want to take my mom to a eye exam to diagnose cataract. Should we visit ophthalmologists,Optometrists or Opticians? How I can find a doctor charge reasonable price for eye exam to diagnose cataract? How much will this cost?

To be diagnosed correctly you need to go to an eye dr that is an md.  (+ info)

What is cataract? How does a diet that is deficient in vitamin A affect vision?

What is cataract? How does a diet that is deficient in vitamin A affect vision?

Night blindness is one of the first signs of vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A deficiency contributes to blindness by making the cornea very dry and damaging the retina and cornea. Vitamin A deficiency also diminishes the ability to fight infections.

Vitamin A Deficiency Info.

A cataract is a clouding that develops in the crystalline lens of the eye or in its envelope, varying in degree from slight to complete opacity and obstructing the passage of light. Early in the development of age-related cataract the power of the lens may be increased, causing near-sightedness (myopia), and the gradual yellowing and opacification of the lens may reduce the perception of blue colours. Cataracts typically progress slowly to cause vision loss and are potentially blinding if untreated.

Cataract Info.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cataracts  (+ info)

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