Can a Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion Affect the Outcome of Cataract Surgery?

June 7, 2010

I had a branch retinal vein occlusion many years ago without any complications. I am going in for removal of a cataract and wanted to know if this condition will have an effect on the outcome of removal of the cataract. I asked the doctor (he tries to avoid discussing the operation) and he says I may have edema. What does that mean?




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3 Responses to “Can a Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion Affect the Outcome of Cataract Surgery?”

  • ari

    if the cataract is dense, then yes, you will have brighter vision, but if alot of damage to retina, your ability to see letters/faces may not be much improved.

  • Laurie Kane

    I have branch retinal vein occlusion. Can see light but not much else. Latge car act dur to side effects of unsuccessful steroid I ejection. Removal of the cataract may let in more light, but how will that help vision?

  • ari

    branch vein occlusion can cause edema or ischemia (poor blood flow) to the macula (the part of the retina you use for central vision, like when you look at a face or read). cataract surgery can stir up edema. any ischemia would not be affected by the surgery, but it may limit your vision. you may wish to get a retina evaluation for a better idea of the health of your macula. to minimize the risk of edema, i would advise a pretty long course-2 weeks- of steroid and non-steroidal drops prior to the surgery. to be honest, if the vein occlusion was a long time ago, the chances of edema are pretty slim.