How long will a cataract implant lens last?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Mark, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest

    Plastic generally has a tendency to get yellow and deteriorate with
    time. With current cataract lens technology/materials, how long can
    these implanted lenses last? What is the minimum number of years -
    maximum number of years, average? Can these implanted lenses be
    replaced if necessary? How complicated/risky is it to replace a
    defective implanted lens? How long can the original lens shell that
    holds the implanted lens last without developing transparency problems
    or ripping/tearing? What percentage of initially successful cataract
    surgery patients develop unexpected complications? Thanks in advance!
    Mark, Oct 17, 2007
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  2. Mark

    Dan Abel Guest

    Plastic generally yellows with exposure to sun. If you expose the
    inside of your eye to direct sunlight, you need to worry more about
    blindness than yellowing.

    My doctor told me that my IOL would be good for life, normally.
    Dan Abel, Oct 18, 2007
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  3. Mark

    fuqua24 Guest

    If you are in need of cateract surgery, where is how would you go
    about reseraching doctors that perform this surgery? Also, do any of
    you know much about macular degeneration? My grandfather suffers from
    it and I want to know if there are any good preventative mesures that
    can be taken.
    fuqua24, Oct 19, 2007
  4. Mark

    Dan Abel Guest

    There are many causes for bad vision. Cataract is only one of them. I
    believe that cataract is generally diagnosed by a doctor, not the
    patient. In my case, my OD diagnosed the cataract when he was unable to
    correct my vision using lenses. I was already seeing an opthalmologist
    for something else, so I went to see him to discuss treatment options.
    If you don't have an opthalmologist already, your OD will no doubt
    suggest one. I also talked a lot to people at my work and my church who
    had experience with opthalmologists.
    Dan Abel, Oct 19, 2007
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