Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Removing a Wrong Lens Implant

Question: If the wrong lens implant was inserted during cataract surgery can it be removed after a year?

Answer: Removing or explanting or exchanging a Lens Implant a year after Cataract Surgery is possible but depends on a number of factors and often requires an extraordinary effort and technique by the Cataract Surgeon. It is odd that a Lens Implant would be deemed "wrong" after such a long period of time but it is possible. Factors that could complicate a lens implant removal or exchange after a year might include the placement of the lens itself and whether it was fibrosed in place, whether a YAG Laser Capsulotomy had been performed as well as whether the vitreous had been violated in any manner and the overall health of the cornea. If any of these conditions exists it might be worth seeking a consultation with a Corneal Specialist who is also a top Cataract Surgeon.

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