diabeties cataracts lasik

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diabeties cataracts lasik

Postby GeneralPatientInquiry » Sun Jun 04, 2006 3:14 pm

Can lasik surgery be used to correct vision once the lens is removed?
Would this prevent the risks that diabetics run when cataracts are replaced by IOLs?
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Postby LasikExpert » Sun Jun 04, 2006 3:18 pm

Cataracts are when the natural lens of the eye becomes clouded and opaque. In cataract surgery the natural lens is removed and an artificial lens is put in its place. The new artificial lens will be of a power to provide reasonably good distance vision without glasses.

The problem diabetics have with any ocular surgery is that the retina may be compromised by long-term diabetes. The additional disruption of surgery may be enough to cause partial or full retinal detachment and subsequent loss of vision.

Lasik is performed on the cornea and would not be an alternative to cataract surgery, nor would it reduce the risk of cataract surgery for a diabetic. In fact, the process of Lasik requires a significant increase in the pressure inside the eye and this can be very problematic for an uncontrolled diabetic.

If you have cataracts - even early stage cataracts - my recommendation is to visit a good retinal specialist now and be evaluated. It may be that cataract surgery earlier would be better than later.

Refractive Lens Exchange (Same as cataract surgery)
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