Macular Degeneration????

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by capo, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. capo

    capo Guest

    I know someone who has it. They also have cataracts.

    Is a "foggy mist" over everything a symptom of MD?

    He says the central area doesn't have a blind spot but
    definitely says he can't read letters well and has to get
    real close up. Jumbled around letters.

    Doctor says cataract surgery might give about 10% improvement
    but with the risk of eye surgery is it worth it?

    What is the risk of being worse off after lens replacement than
    just leaving it alone?

    Does having MD increase risk?
    Arent they ever going to find something to help MD?
    capo, Jul 15, 2003
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  2. capo

    drfrank21 Guest

    I try to keep up on the literature but have not come across any association
    of cat surgery and a decreased progression rate of mac degen.Is this something
    your doc told you or read?? I have not personally noted any clinical
    significant progression/stability of md after cat surgery that I could tell
    (ie pt was stable pre and stable post-op).


    drfrank21, Jul 16, 2003
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  3. capo

    drfrank21 Guest

    Authors of studies do have an obligation to clarify their semantics
    because the meaninigs (such as "negative effects") can have different
    connotations. In your example above it can indeed mean different things.

    In my experience working with post-op cataract patients, the surgery has
    had a neutral effect regarding current mac degeneration. This does not
    include the post-op complication of CME (cystoid meac edema) which is
    a different entity.

    drfrank21, Jul 16, 2003
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