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When the clear lens of the eye becomes dense and cloudy, it is called cataract. Clumps of protein form in the eye that prevent the eyes from forming a clear image. Surgical treatment methods for cataract are phacoemulsification and extracapsular surgery.

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My daughter has coloboma. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter has coloboma of the iris, lens and nerve in both eyes. She also has cataracts in both eyes. Is there any treatment? What advice you would like to give to my daughter?  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We can check the size of the cornea and eyeball. Then, we have to remove the cataract with surgery and if possible, the lens must be implanted. We may need to start patching therapy after surgery. All these steps have to be taken under guarded visual prognosis. Do not w...  Read Full »

My mother has cataracts. What are the treatment options?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is suffering from rapidly progressive kidney disease, for which she has been on Prednisone for the last four months. As a side effect of the drug, she is developing cataracts in her eyes. She usually wears prescription glasses, but recently her eyesight improved, and upon examin...  Read Full »

Dr. Anand Yattinamani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concerns. One of the side effects of steroids is cataract formation. As you said, it is in the early stage, and it need not be operated. It may take years to become a mature cataract. As for the prevention of cataracts: there are no proven methods o...  Read Full »

My 73-year-old father is facing difficulty in undergoing cataract surgery because of his high blood pressure. What can be done?

Query: Hi doctor, I am writing to seek your professional advice and expertise regarding a concerning issue with my 73-year-old father, who is experiencing significant difficulty obtaining cataract surgery due to his high blood pressure. Initially, it was recommended for one eye, but now both eyes require s...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Let us try to reassure and calm him down by taking some steps. I recommend discussing with your doctor the possibility of starting antianxiety medication to help him relax. In addition to medication, encourage him t...  Read Full »

Can I use progressive lenses instead of cataract lenses?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 49 years old now. I had a cataract surgery in both eyes three years ago. I was told that the formation of cataract was due to side effects of a steroid medicine. When the surgery was done, I did not opt for a progressive lens with cataract lens and power in both the eyes was the s...  Read Full »

Dr. Magalage Thilanka Kashyapa Perera

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Well, the difference of 0.5 spheres is acceptable in cataract surgery but the problem is the left eye being a plus. Usually, we aim for a postop minus 0.5 in an eye because it will ...  Read Full »

My mother has cataract and severe photophobia. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is suffering from cataract and severe photophobia. She cannot tolerate light at all. She got kidney trouble due to diabetes. Her vision is also very low. I have a few doubts:Is it curable?Can she regain her vision as before? What is the exact treatment to get a cure?What will...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Cataract is an age-related condition. These can result in symptoms like blurring of vision and photophobia. This is curable but only by surgery which is a simple and very fine surgery. Complications rates are very low. I would suggest you get...  Read Full »

Which is the best lens for cataract RE with pars planitis, monofocal or multifocal?

Query: Hello doctor, I have complicated cataract RE with pars planitis. My doctor started conservative treatment and after two months he advised me to go for the surgery for cataract. I wanted to go with a multifocal lens in my eye to avoid specs after surgery. But the doctor suggested me to go for monofo...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your doctor is correct in choosing monofocal as the amount of useful vision you will get would be less and the inflammatory reaction due to pars planitis may cause you to get lesser vision post surgery than what you had before it. Another option, however, is that you...  Read Full »

Can accidental entry of metal shavings into eyes cause dry eyes and cataract?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an injury to my eyes seven months back. I got metal shavings in both and had to remove and left scars on my retina. Since then everything is blurry and went to the eye doctor last month. My prescription has not changed. They say I have dry eye and starting of cataracts. Can the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Blurred vision may be due to a corneal problem, cataract or retinal scars. After trauma, all these complications can occur. Dry eyes will improve with artificial tears and cornea will get normal. But any corneal scar or opacity will remain and can hinder in vision. Cata...  Read Full »

A male patient had an eye check-up. Does he have cataracts?

Query: Hi doctor, The patient is a 76-year-old male. I am uploading eye check-up report. Kindly advise on the following: Is cataract shown in the report? Is cataract operation required immediately? Is retina covered in the checkup? Any other observations by you?  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are early changes of cataract in both eyes but still, the patient's vision is totally correctable with the glasses prescribed. So, no need for cataract surgery as of now maybe a year down...  Read Full »

Far sight has not improved post cataract. What can be done now?

Query: Hello doctor, My Mother underwent a cataract procedure. After the procedure, we were informed that there was some complication while doing the procedure and they have to do another retina surgery. The same happened next day. It has been more than three weeks but there has not been any remarkable imp...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sometimes, complications happen in cataract surgery also. It is mentioned in the medical literature that there is zonular dialysis this makes a little tricky surgery. This makes lens weak and there are chances of particles of lens going back towards the retina. But t...  Read Full »

I am a 41-year-old and developed cataract. Please help me with the treatment.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 41-year-old, and doctors told me it is so early for me to develop a cataract at that age. I recently discovered that I have a cataract in the center of my dominant eye. Most eye doctors I visited told me to wait, and others recommended surgery. Please help me with your best respons...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please do not worry. Cataract is not a disease, but it is a normal age-related change in the eye. The lens in the eye is made up of proteins, and it is transparent. With age, proteins get denatured, leading to slowly increasing translucenc...  Read Full »

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