hello i want to ask a question on behalf of my grand father he currenlty has been told that he has catarax and his previous doctors have missed this and i want to know how the operation goes to stop him from going blind and how soon he should get the operation because i worry the more they hold it off the more of a chance he has of going blind...thanks james
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Thankfully cataract is a very common eye condition which easily be treated with surgery.
Once cataract is formed it is better to get the surgery done as early as possible and it does not make sense to delay it as it can never get better without surgery.
The surgery done is phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation.
The choice of IOL is left to the patient - could be monofocal or multifocal. The pros and cons of each can be explained by the operating surgeon.
Cataract surgery is not something which needs to be done urgently but at the same time there is no need to unnecessarily delay it. One would not go blind because of cataract but it can cause reduced vision which would improve after surgery.
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thank you is there anyway to get into surgeory without waiting months to get in.. my pop is a pensioner
I guess that is a bit difficult to answer because the waiting period would depend on the maturity level of the cataract. If it is still immature then one can wait upto months whereas in case of a hypermature cataract it is better not to prolong further. I wish your grandfather a safe and uneventful cataract surgery.
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