Friday, October 14, 2011

Cataract Surgery for Nearsightedness

Question: I just had cataract surgery and can see so clearly after years of being nearsighted it is a miracle. How come I could not have had this done even before a cataract? I am 72 and wonder about all the years of having to depend on glasses!

Answer: Actually, Lens Replacement Surgery for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism is performed by top Cataract Surgeons who are also Refractive Surgeons. Some years ago patients had to wait for a Cataract to "ripen" before the crystalline lens could be safely removed. using modern Cataract Surgery techniques it is readily possible to remove the crystalline with beginning Cataracts as well as even with a clear lens in order to correct a refractive error such as nearsightedness.

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