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What is a cataract operation?

What people call a "cataract operation" is actually the removal of the normal and natural lens of the eye and its replacement with a new, artificial lens implant (an Intraocular Lens or IOL). The reason to do the surgery is usually because the natural lens you are born with...

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Can an ophthalmologist actually see vitreous syneresis in a dilated pupil exam?

Absolutely! Sometimes we don't even need to dilate the pupil to see it. The decomposition of the vitreous that often occurs in later life allows the matrix-like fibers of the vitreous to be seen in their various forms: specks, clumps of lint, a gauzy "curtain," and other...

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What are secondary cataracts?

"Secondary cataract" is a phrase that is sometimes used to describe the slow blurring of vision after a cataract /lens implant procedure, usually after many months or years. I imagine the phrase was developed because the visual changes (hazy vision and loss of contrast...

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How do I recognize the worsening of cataracts?

As strange as it may sound, very few people can tell they are developing cataracts or that their cataracts (if already diagnosed) are slowly getting worse. This is true in most cases except for the fairly quickly developing cataracts caused by trauma or certain medicines. ...

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What is the definition of short-sightedness?

"Nearsightedness" is the word used in the U.S. for what the British call "shortsightedness." The actual medical term is "myopia." In practical and generic terms, it means that your uncorrected near vision is good but your uncorrected distance vision is blurred and out of...

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Which cataract implant is recommended… the basic one or the upgraded multifocal?

This question can't really be answered without knowing more about your particular eyes, needs, and budget. Insurance coverage of cataract surgery includes a modest amount for a basic IOL (intraocular lens) to replace the cloudy one you were born with....

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What are the risks of having glaucoma after LASIK surgery?

Glaucoma and LASIK are totally separate issues, not related in any causal way. What you may be thinking of is the issue of measuring intraocular pressure after LASIK. High eye pressure is one of the more important diagnostic signs of glaucoma. So in patients with...

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What are the risks of LASIK for sensitive eyes?

I am not sure what you mean exactly by "sensitive eyes" but I am assuming you may be referring to chronic irritation, redness, or perhaps dryness. Any laser vision treatment of the your eye's cornea is going to change it permanently. Most of these changes are very...

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