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Is Cataract Surgery Now or Later?

09/16/2009

Question:

I have a cataract in my left eye. I had a vitrctomy about a year and a half ago (not for detacment but I had some retinal peeling on the side of my retina.) My M.D. told me that the oil placed in my eye would eventally cause cataracts, and now I think I am beginning to see this. Recently (in the kast couple of months,) I noticed blurred vision in my eye. I work in education and it is most noticeable when I am at work (reading, taking notes from projector, etc.) I can drive as long as it is not real sunny but at times it`s difficult. I watch tv and with magnification, can surf the net. I am able to retire on disablity but I need this last year to carry my health insurance with me. I want to hold off cataract surgery until I am able to go on retirement. Do you think that I can get by with a stronger magnification eyeglass ( I have a 7+ prescription pair now) or should I do the surgery now? I use a magnifying glass at work now and it helps but at times it still is blurry. Please advise. Thank you. I am also blind in my right eye. I read that cataract surgery can cause retinal detachment so is it uncommon to remove the cataract and place the oil back in the eye to hold the retina steady?

Answer:

I'm sorry that I cannot provide any specific recommendations without examining you. NetWellness is a public service that offers general health information, but not specific medical treatment advice.

You should return to your previous eye doctor - the one who has your records and knows the details of your case - and ask him/her about any future treatment options. Since you only have one good eye, I doubt that an eye surgeon would want to risk operating on it unless there was no other choice available. 

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Response by:

Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University