cataract surgery and macular degeneration

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by kemccx, Sep 30, 2006.

  1. kemccx

    kemccx Guest

    specifics: I'm 52 years old, had mild dry macular degeneration in
    both eyes. Mild cataract in right eye, more severe cataract in left
    eye. I had cataract surgery in left eye in Dec 2004. Went to
    opthomologist yesterday and he reported that the ARMD has gotten worse
    in the left eye and remained the same in the right. He told me there
    are 2 schools of thought about how cataract surgery affects a case of
    ARMD. Some think it makes it worse, some think it has no effect. I
    might be one of the unfortunate few who proves the former. Now, I'm
    reluctant to get my other eye done. Any professionals out there have
    an opinion on this? OR any other patients want to weigh in? thanks
    - Karen
    kemccx, Sep 30, 2006
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  2. kemccx

    Don W Guest

    Please go to:

    and the MD Forum section and state this same note for discussion and people
    who have this problem.

    Don W.
    Don W, Sep 30, 2006
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  3. kemccx

    Fidelis K Guest

    It's impossible to pinpoint the effect of cataract surgery on ARMD because
    you cannot stop "time." That is, you cannot tease apart the effect (if any)
    of the surgery from the effect of aging.
    Fidelis K, Oct 2, 2006
  4. kemccx

    Don W Guest

    Well, how about this. for "pinpointing the effects of cataract surgery".
    You form two groups with cataracts and ARMD. The groups are statistically
    similar. Then you perform the cataract surgery on one group. Then x months
    later, you compare the groups, statistically again, of course.

    So have you "teased time"?

    Don W.
    Don W, Oct 2, 2006
  5. kemccx

    Fidelis K Guest

    Yes, but a researcher will never get an IRB approval for that:)
    Fidelis K, Oct 2, 2006
  6. kemccx

    kemccx Guest

    I was hoping to hear from eyecare professionals to see if they've seen
    this result in their patients. It's a curious thing that my 'operated
    on' eye is the one that got worse (re: ARMD). Coincidence? I don't
    think so. By the way, I have reviewed the site -
    Very informative - thank you. Karen
    kemccx, Oct 3, 2006
  7. kemccx

    Don W Guest


    Hope you are aware of the site/paper:

    You can download the entire paper from there.

    Don W.
    Don W, Oct 5, 2006
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