Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cataract Surgery with High Myopia

Question: I am very nearsighted with. -12.5D contact lens prescription and I have a cataract in my left eye. I want to have a lens implant to correct my vision when I have the cataract surgery but I am really worried that I will have severe problems if the other eye is not corrected also for the vision. I have heard that the brain will have a hard time processing this drastic change. What could happen?

Answer: In order to avoid the imbalance caused by a huge difference in optical correction between the two eyes you will need to wear a contact lens in the right eye after having the cataract surgery and lens implant on the left eye. If you wear the contact on the right eye there should not be an optical balance problem. If you have even the beginning of a cataract in the right eye, the sooner you opt to have it removed, the better as this will allow for a perfect match of optical images when lens implants are in both eyes.

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