TOP QUESTIONS WE HEAR FROM EYE PATIENTS
What are the risks of not having having cataract removed / treated?
If Cataract is not removed / treated, you will be living with a compromised vision, hence, risking yourself of injury from falls and compromised quality of life. It is also possible if left untreated for too long, the cataract may become mature or very dense making the operation difficult.
Why does it feel like something is rubbing against my eye when i'm blinking?
The discomfort feeling of having something rubbing against the eye is called the Foreign Body Sensation (FBS). There are various reasons which can cause such feeling. However, the most common ones are dry eyes or inflammation of the eyelids called blepharitis. Other causes include conjunctivitis or other inflammatory conditions of the ocular surface that occur on the eyelids, eyelashes, conjunctiva, episclera, sclera, or cornea. The most simple method of treating this is with artificial tears.
If you believe there's an actually foreign particle, washing and artificial tears didn't help, then you should see an ophthalmologist.
Can old or inaccurate prescription of glasses cause progression of myopia / worsen my eyesight?
Wearing the wrong prescription is very unlikely to cause any temporary or permanent damage to the eyes. It can, however, cause symptoms which are called asthenopia and include blurry vision, headache, nausea, eye pain, brow ache and others. These symptoms should resolve when you get your correct prescription.
Can repeated slit lamp exams in children be harmful?
A slit-lamp is type of microscope which uses bright light which help eye specialist to have look deep into the eye. It is an important part of an ophthalmic examination. It can be challenging to be done in some children, however, it should not be harmful no matter how often it is performed regarless for children or adult.
Can dry eyes cause blindness?
No, dry eye doesn't cause blindness, but it can cause a lot of misery including blurry vision; redness; a gritty, burning, scratchy feeling; tearing; and feeling like there is something always in your eyes. Dry eye has many underlying causes including autoimmune disease, LASIK, and medicines such as antihistamines and antidepressants. There are many treatments available but there's no permanent cure.
How soon can one drive after cataract surgery?
As soon as one meets the visual acuity criteria in their state and feels comfortable enough with their vision to drive. This could be as early as the next day after surgery.
Is it risk for a high myopic to do cataract surgery?
Being highly myopic does not make you ineligible for cataract surgery. However, the risk of retinal detachment is higher in severely myopic patients. Cataract surgery can also be more challenging because myopes tend to have longer eyes and the increased depth of the anterior chamber may make the surgery technically more difficult. As with any procedure, one must carefully assess the risks and benefits of the surgery before proceeding.
Can cataract surgery be done at a mild stage of disease?
Cataracts can be removed at any stage, but your insurance may not reimburse for the procedure if it is truly minor and is not changing your vision significantly with glasses correction.
Are styes in the eye contagious?
Styes are not contagious, but rather a local infection or inflammation of the oil-producing glands of the eyelids. Local treatment is usually warm compresses and most will resolve without antibiotics. Few will progress to significant eyelid infections marked by substantial swelling and pain. They may be recurrent in some people, possibly because of eyelid chemistry specific to a patient.