Monday, February 10, 2014

Cataract Surgery While Pregnant

Question: I am 36 years old and have lost my vision in my right eye due to a cataract. My left eye is becoming more blurry daily. I am 19 weeks pregnant and have been told I cannot have the eye surgery until after my pregnancy from my OB-GYN. I am concerned because I don't want to cause more damage to my eyes by waiting, besides I cannot see. Does this type of surgeryhave risks for the baby?

Answer: Most cataract surgeons would prefer to wait until after the pregnancy to perform cataract surgery. The risks of cataract surgery to the baby are minimal especially if the surgery is performed with eye drop anesthesia and probably even with local anesthesia. Still, there is always risk during surgery and for that reason it is preferable to wait. That said, you do not identify why you have cataracts-and a progressive cataract, and this is more alarming if it is related to your pregnancy and overall health. If you are a high risk pregnancy or have other medical problems, if you not have already done so, you can at least schedule a consultation with a cataract surgeon in your area and allow them to follow your eye health.

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