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Mon Apr 25 12:31:44 UTC 2011

I have seen a cataract surgeon. He told me the cataracts must be removed or the retinopathist will not be able to examine my retina. My pupils are
Asked By: elaineski  
Category: Vision

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very small and he must go thru the pupils to get the cataracts out. My pupils could be permanently blown-out after the surgery. Chances of better vision after surgery are only 50/50, because of scar tissue from previous laser treatments. I am scared , DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO HERE ?? Other risks are involved with the surgery, as you must know, I AM REALLY AFRAID TO GO FOR THE SUGERY. DIABETIC FOR 50YRS. NOW !!
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2011-04-26 22:29:31.0

Dear elaineski, Thanks for writing into dLife with your question regarding your eye health. Unfortunately, from a distance, no one can tell you if the surgery is appropriate or what the outcome will be. I would suggest that if you are really uncertain, that you get a second opinion from a different ophtamologist. It is certainly your right to find out if another expert agrees with the proposed plan of care. If you get the same advice from the second doctor, I would suggest having the eye surgeon review the procedure with you thoroughly and answer your questions a head of time. That way you know what to expect and may be able to prepare for future vision challenges.
Answered By: Janice Fisher
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