Question: My wife has cataracts and needs to have them taken care of, however she is allergic to acrylics and is afraid to have that done for fear that her body will not accept the lens implants.
Answer: The acrylic materials used in lens implants are typically highly biocompatible and non reactive as they are carefully tested and there is virtually no residual monomer, however there are indeed reports of low grade inflammation in rare patients that are allergic to acrylics. That aside, your wife's cataract surgeon could consult with the lens implant manufacturer and subject her to a test by exposing her to the material perhaps on an underarm area taped for some time or better yet the cataract surgeon could simply use an alternative lens implant material, for example a silicone material or a collagen-silicone material. The best thing to do is to discuss this with the cataract surgeon.
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