Friday, January 6, 2012

Cataract Surgery & Lens Implant Exchange

Question: I had cataract surgery and a lens implant in my left eye for arms length vision. It has not worked-I now have 3 pairs of glasses and am pretty miserable with dry eye. Is it possible to "do over" cataract surgery and have the lens implant changed so that it is the same as the one in my right eye?

Answer: Depending on how long ago you had the Cataract Surgery and Lens Implant in the left eye as well as the health and condition of the eye there is a good likelihood of a safe lens implant exchange that can allow for the vision to be "matched" to the right eye. This will really depend on the integrity of the structures in the front of the eye and the Vitreous Gel that supports the Retina in the back of the eye-but yes, in general a lens exchange is often possible. Dry Eye has been reported to occur in as many as 30% of patients after a Cataract is removed and with proper treatment should also be manageable. If you feel that you are not getting the proper treatment or results you may wish to consider finding the best Cataract Surgeon your area who is also a Corneal Specialist experienced in complex Cataract Surgery as well as problems with the eye's surface and tear film, and scheduling a consultation.

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