What Are Prospects for Success of Cataract Surgery for Patient Also Suffering From Macular Degeneration and Fuchs Dystrophy?

July 8, 2010

I am 74 yrs. old, have cataracts, macular degeneration [mild] and Fuchs Dystrophy. I have been scheduled for cataract surgery but am apprehensive about the results. My doctor, considered one of the best in the area, has told me he doesn’t know what the improvement to my vision will be. Rather than the usual 1 week between surgeries he wants to wait one month.

I am nearsighted even with glasses. I am not able to read road signs until very close. I also need glasses for small print. I am afraid of losing the vision I have. Why can’t he say my vision will improve with the removal of the cataracts?




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2 Responses to “What Are Prospects for Success of Cataract Surgery for Patient Also Suffering From Macular Degeneration and Fuchs Dystrophy?”

  1. ari weitzner on July 8th, 2010 9:52 pm

    it can simply be hard to predict how much of your vision loss is due to cataract and how much is due to macular degeneration and fuchs. unfortunately, only after removing the cataract can we be sure. but if the surgeon feels it’s worth trying, and you trust his judgment, then you should proceed.

  2. Trudy on July 19th, 2010 3:05 pm

    I had cataract surgery 2 1/2 months ago. I have Fuchs Dystrophy and pseudoexfoliation. My eyesight now after surgery is 20/70, and they do not think it will get any better. I guess if I had to do it all over again, I would get the surgery as I had no choice. I could not see well at all with my cataract and it had to come off. However, there ARE risks involved whenever you have other issues with your eyes. The bad thing is that I went regularly to the eye doctor but he never told me I had those 2 diseases. Maybe, if I had known, I would have gone to a specialist much sooner than I did. So my advice to people is to go to an Ophthalmologist whenever you have a serious condition with your eyes. They are too precious to ignore.

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