About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Cataract Surgery to Eliminate Reading Glasses?

by Medindia Content Team on September 16, 2006 at 1:40 PM
Font : A-A+

Cataract Surgery to Eliminate Reading Glasses?

Improvements in the lenses implanted in the eye during cataract surgery have led to a new—and controversial—surgical option for people with presbyopia, a common form of farsightedness that typically develops in middle age. But a new report from Harvard Medical School urges people considering this operation to weigh its risks, as well as its benefits.

The recently developed implantable variable-focus lenses, which enable people to see objects at varying distances by shifting their eyes slightly, are currently FDA-approved only for patients undergoing cataract surgery. But some ophthalmologists are also implanting them into the eyes of people without cataracts in order to correct presbyopia. This requires removing the eyes' natural lenses, as is done in cataract surgery.

Advertisement

Preventing and Treating Eye Disease urges consumers to keep two things in mind before undergoing this surgery for presbyopia. First, it will not be covered by insurance unless you also have cataracts, and the cost can be $5,000 or more for each eye. Second, many ophthalmologists are reluctant to perform this procedure in people without cataracts because of the risks involved in any eye operation, as well as lack of information about long-term safety and effectiveness.

Risks of the operation include a very small chance of infection that may lead to blindness. It's also important to understand that this surgery will not produce clear 20/20 vision.

Source: Newswise
SRM
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Black Water: Benefits and Uses
World Hypertension Day 2022 - Measure Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer!
Drinking This Popular Beverage May Drop Dementia Risk
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Cataract Cataract in Detail Eye Vision Blindness Facts Double Vision Clear the Blur-Tips to Boost Your Eye-Q Floppy Iris Syndrome Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL) in Cataract Surgery Endophthalmitis 

Most Popular on Medindia

Post-Nasal Drip Color Blindness Calculator Hearing Loss Calculator Iron Intake Calculator Drug - Food Interactions Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Blood - Sugar Chart Blood Donation - Recipients Diaphragmatic Hernia Vent Forte (Theophylline)

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use