Outcomes / Comments on single-eye cataract surgery

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by Cloy, Nov 23, 2006.

  1. Cloy

    Cloy Guest

    A close friend of mine needs cataract surgery, but apparently is only a
    candidate to have the lens replaced in one eye (at least for now).
    difficult, particularly since she is extremely nearsighted.

    Can anyone provide comments or useful information on unilateral
    cataract surgery?

    Thanks, in advance!

    -Cloy
     
    Cloy, Nov 23, 2006
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  2. Cloy

    p.clarkii Guest

    how nearsighted is your friend in the non-operated eye?

    oftentimes when only one eye is operated on, the refractive power of
    the implanted lens is chosen so the operated eye turns out to be of
    similar prescription to the non-operated eye. this way adjustment is
    less of a problem.

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    p.clarkii, Nov 23, 2006
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    Dan Abel Guest

    Was the cataract caused by injury? If so, skip the rest of my post.

    Otherwise, the second eye will probably develop cataract also.

    Been there, done that.

    My OMD strongly recommended switching from glasses to contacts. That
    did the trick for me. I was very interested in ditching my very thick
    glasses.

    I had the surgeries five years apart. That meant that it was difficult
    to wear glasses for that period. The contacts worked fine.
     
    Dan Abel, Nov 24, 2006
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    Jane Guest

    I also was very nearsighted and developed a cataract in one eye
    following a vitrectomy. My cataract surgeon "found" a cataract in my
    second eye, and my insurance paid for the second surgery. (It would
    have been about $10K out-of-pocket for a clear lens exchange with a
    monofocal IOL.) I hope your friend is as fortunate as I was, and I
    remain grateful to my surgeon. I would have been very unhappy wearing
    a contact lens all the time. The alternatives were leaving the
    cataract eye very nearsighted or having laser vision correction.
     
    Jane, Nov 25, 2006
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