Thank you for that extra information.
Let me go over your questions in order:
With your degree of myopia
you could have a clear lens extraction done and be left aphakic or with a thin intraocular
lens, using glasses to sharpen your vision a bit. And you were told correctly. If you have this done you will not ever get cataracts since your natural lens (that, with aging, becomes a cataract) is gone.
No need to worry about being allergic to an intraocular lens. No one, to my knowledge and experience, has ever, in over 50 years of use, been allergic to one....
That is correct, the ICL is placed inside your eye without taking out your natural lens. As such you could get a cataract in later life...
If you are willing to travel anywhere for a "super-expert" on this issue then I would suggest consulting with the Professors of Ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. They are on the cutting edge of Ophthalmology and, while I can't recommend a specific MD, going to their clinic would put you in the "mecca" of eye care
and cataract surgery.
So. What is the take home message? In my opinion, if you are doing well with your glasses and contacts now, leave things alone and stay away from surgery. Continue to do your research, gather information so that, if the time comes that contacts/glasses no longer work well you will be prepared.
One other thing. With your degree of myopia, you are at increased risk of a retinal detachment
. As such, should you have any of these symptoms:
New or increased floaters, flashes of light
(like a lightning storm), or a shadow/veil in the periphery of your vision, this can be worrisome for a retinal detachment.
you would need to contact your ophthalmologist
promptly in that case.
Does this make sense to you?
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Dr. Rick MD FACS