Should a Patient With AMD Have Cataract Surgery?

January 26, 2010

Dear Doctor – is it okay for me to have cataract surgery if I am already suffering from macular degeneration?




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2 Responses to “Should a Patient With AMD Have Cataract Surgery?”

  • I agree with Dr. Weitzer.

    If your expectations are low (i.e. you have nothing to lose and everything to gain), you will be quite happy. I would state your expectations with your doctor to relieve any misgivings either one of you might have.

    R. Wong, M.D.

  • Dr. Ari Weitzner

    in bad macular degeneration-sometimes- if the cataract is pretty dense, then things will be brighter, and your peripheral vision will improve. typically, dont expect to get better central vision- the improvement will be pretty marginal.
    now, if your macular degeneration is mild-moderate, you can expect a lot more improvement.
    in these kinds of cases, i suggest a 2nd opinion.