Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cataract Surgery on Both Eyes at Once

Question: My cataract surgeon insists that I should have both of my cataracts removed at once. Should I have both cataract operations on the same day?

Answer: There are instances whereby performing bilateral simultaneous Cataract Surgery with Lens Implants on the same day. Extenuating circumstances for performing Cataract Surgery on both eyes at once might include difficulty in transporting the patient, difficulty due to being wheelchair bound or other orthopedic problems limiting mobility or if the patient lives very far away. However, simultaneous bilateral Cataract Surgery is not considered the standard of care at this time.

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