Hi there !
In the office setting,a pinhole occluder is used to derermine if a change in refractive status,change in prescription would improve the vision.
and would the pinhole improve the situation due to the cataract? or just prescription change?
In your case ,to determine exactly what your visual outcome would be
an opthalmologist would use an instrument known as a potential acuity meter to determine what your potential visual outcome would be by having cataract surgery.
i read that. the makeshift occluder gets rid of the shadowing entirely from the cataract which improves my acuity as well on the Smellen chart. So is this suggestive of what to expect? I wsa refracted last month so I believe that part is proper
Since you see your retina doctor every 3 months I would mention it to him since he is more awre of your situation and can give you a better idea in this case.
Since with your make shift occluder
you were only able to get to 20/200
I would suggest you have your eye doctor evaluate you and see if your doctor gets a better acuity reading for you
I was 20/200 when I had no cataract for the previous 15 years, so I am assuming that the removal of the cataract would bring me back to 20/200. It is the shadowing that I am asking about that I notice to be gone with my low tech occluder
20/200 due to other retinal problems
Some of the shadoqing could be from your retinal problem so it would be something to bring up to your retina doctor
some of the shadowing could be from your retinal problem
okay. but would an occluder reduce shadowing from a cataract?
It would seem from what you said ,that maybe even with cataract surgery the best your vision maybe is 20/200 however it is wrth it to be evaluated with a potential acuity meter to determine if that would actually be the case
An occluder can reduce in general
and not just specifically due to a cataract
yes. 20/200 would likely be the best resultt and would be a vast improvement of now 20/400 and shadowing. Just trying to see how much of that is cataract influenced now as although cataract surgery is very low risk, with my pre-exisitng surgeries and retinal disease, and no central vision in othereye, low risk becomes more signifacnt risk
So the best thing is to followup with your retina doctor and if he agrees then be evaluated for a cataract consult.
I plan to. It is scheduled. Thank you
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OK, one last: For a person with 20/20 vision without correction, and a significant cataract causing shadowing and halos, would an occluder show some improvement?
In my expiriencw it is not possible to have 20/20 and a significant cataract oresent
If a person has a significant cataract there will be some visual compromise,ie. 20/40 or worse.
There will be some kind of visual compromise present ie. 20/40 or less