“Is there an increased risk of macular degeneration after cataract and lens exchange surgery?”

“Is there an increased risk of macular degeneration after cataract and lens exchange surgery?”

Macular degeneration is a condition where the retina (the film of the eye) no longer works as it should. It results in varying degrees of central vision loss – what is needed for fine details such as recognizing faces or reading fine print, for example. Although there are treatments available to slow the progress of the condition, macular degeneration has no cure at this time. There is no increased risk of developing macular degeneration after cataract and lens surgery; in fact, most lens i...

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“How long do intraocular lens implants usually last and will my cataracts come back?”

“How long do intraocular lens implants usually last and will my cataracts come back?”

Intraocular lens implants (IOLs) are made from materials such as acrylic or silicone that are biocompatible.  This means that they do not react with the body or produce allergic reactions.  IOLs have been around since the late 1940s and were the first devices to be implanted in the body.  Unlike natural lenses, IOLs do not break down over a person’s lifetime and do not need to be replaced.  It is possible to exchange implants if necessary.  Possible scenarios would include the chance that...

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