Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cataract Surgery and High Myopia

Question: I am 25 years old and have a congenital cataract. I have been wearing -9.00 D contact lenses for more than 10 years but now light and especially sunlight is very troubling. Is it okay to have Cataract Surgery?
Answer: If your eye doctor has informed you that your complaints of light sensitivity are related to the presence of a Cataract, being very nearsighted is not a contraindication to having Cataract Surgery. Patients with high degrees of myopia may be more prone to certain Retinal complications after Cataract Surgery so a thorough examination of the Retina is warranted before surgery and if there are any questionable areas on the Retina they should be treated before the surgery. The calculation for the intraocular lens implants (IOL) will take into account the degree of myopia in the computation in correcting your vision.

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