Cataract Surgery and Diabetes

This article is a guest post by cataract and refractive specialist, Dr. Gary Foster.  Gary practices in Colorado/Wyoming and writes regularly on his website about laser vision correction and cataract surgery.   - Randy   Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the world and those with diabetes tend to develop their cataracts at a slightly … [Read more...]

What is Anisometropia?

Image size diffence results from anisometropia, a common cause of double vision following scleral buckle surgery. Randall Wong, M.D.

Anisometropia is an imbalance in the prescription needed between your two eyes.  There are several causes of anisometropia, but the most common for a retinal surgeon is a result of a scleral buckle used to repair a retinal detachment. "Double Vision" When looking at an object, in most people, we see one single object.  In actuality the left eye and right eye each see … [Read more...]

When a Cataract Comes Back

Cataracts Cause Decreased Vision

While not a retinal problem, cataracts can "return" and can mimic the symptoms of the original cataract; blurred vision, glare and distortion.  This can usually be remedied by a simple painless laser procedure called a YAG capsulotomy. Cataract Surgery with Implant Like grey hair, everyone gets cataracts.  With time, the natural lens of the eye clouds with time.  This … [Read more...]

Perfect Surgical Outcomes Erode Relationships

Surgical outcomes are never guaranteed, there are risks to surgery.  In fact, nothing in medicine is guaranteed.  One role of doctors is to educate about the benefits and potential risks of a treatment.  On the other hand, if an operation, were successful every time, would we need doctors? Starting Your Car is Guaranteed Each time you turn the ignition, your car starts.  … [Read more...]

When You Need Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is needed when your vision is not as good as you'd like, and, your eye doctor feels that the elective procedure would help.  In cases of diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, there may be other factors that weigh in to the decision of having cataract surgery. Cataracts are usually elective surgery.  While insurance does cover most cataract … [Read more...]

Dilated Pupils: Those Drops Are So Annoying

Dilating drops are useful tools for examining the eye.  A dilated pupil exam provides direct visualization and is the best way to examine the retina and is second to none.  The dilating drops are annoying, but are necessary.  Any and every time your doctor needs to look at your retina (or other structures such as the optic nerve), your pupils should be dilated. Dilating … [Read more...]

Eye Surgery Can Blind

There are risks to eye surgery, especially intraocular operations such as cataract removal or vitrectomy.  Cataracts are the most common eye surgery and vitrectomy eye surgery is usually performed by a retina specialist for various problems of the retina and vitreous.  Infection, inside the eye, called endophthalmitis, is uncommon, yet can blind. There are all sorts of … [Read more...]

Medical Insurance Pays for Your Eyes. Vision Insurance Pays for Glasses. The Difference?

When it comes to eyes and vision, there is often confusion as to what services are covered.  Most companies provide medical insurance; the traditional health insurance guarding against catastrophic medical bills, doctor's bills, etc.  Many more companies will provide a prescription plan and vision insurance. Vision vs. Medical Insurance - Vision insurance typically … [Read more...]

Cataracts are Like Grey Hair! Everyone Gets Them.

Everyone gets a cataract.  Just as grey hair, some people get cataracts at an early age and some people get them at a later age.  Patients with diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration aren't spared either. What is a cataract? A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens in the eye.  Very advanced cataracts actually are white, hence the name "cataract" to compare … [Read more...]

Cataract Surgery May Worsen Diabetic Retinopathy

This post will be short and is written as follow-up to "Diabetics Get Cataracts". There is a study just published in the journal Ophthalmology where patients with diabetes underwent cataract surgery.  The incidence of diabetic retinopathy was then followed for at least 12 months.  Patients with both Type I and Type II diabetes were followed. Overall, there was an … [Read more...]