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Cataracts need surgery?

Article ID: 26
Last updated: 27 Aug, 2017
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Question

My is three and a half month old have a small cataract in her left eye. Can you please tell me what's going to done with her eye this is my first time going threw this and I have three other kids that didn't have this problem can you please help me on more about it thank you.

Answer

Happy to help. Sometimes small cataracts don't need surgery. IN fact no treatment at all would be needed if vision OK.  Sometimes if cataract small but causing visual decrease, then patching of the other eye and dilation of the pupil with drops in the cataract eye may be all that is needed.  Surgery would be recommended if the cataract is large enough to impair vision and unresponsive to patching and dilation.

Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc, FRCSC
Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics
Robison D. Harley, MD Endowed Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics
Wills Eye Hospital, Ste. 1210
840 Walnut Street                    
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5109

Chair, Scientific Advisory Board
Pediatric Glaucoma and Cataract Family Association
 

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