Critical Retina Exam before Cataract Surgery

Monday, April 28, 2014

Critical Retina Exam before Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgeon Francis D’Ambrosio, Jr. M.D. advised patients with cataracts and thinking about cataract surgery and lens implants to have a thorough and critical retinal exam in order to carefully correlate the degree of vision loss with the density and position of the cataract. “When our cataract patients tell us about a decrease in vision, we carefully try to correlate their visual symptoms and visual acuity to the degree of cataract present so we can help counsel them on their likely benefit,” said Dr. D’Ambrosio Jr. “As we deal with an aging population-a cataract population- a careful examination of the retina can reveal underlying pathology such as epiretinal membranes, retinal wrinkling or macular pucker with edema that may impact the results of the cataract surgery-we want to know this up front and advise patients”, he explained.

Current research studies report a prevalence of epiretinal membranes in 7% of patients older than 60 years and in 20% of patients aged 75 years or more-the prime demographic for cataract surgery. Therefore, before you have cataract surgery expect to have whatever level of examination and testing your cataract surgeon requests in order to help you get the best results.

If you or someone you know is concerned about cataracts and thinking about cataract surgery and les implants you are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at D’Ambrosio Eye Care by calling us at 800-325-3937, visiting D’Ambrosio Eye Care or so that we can help recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

D'Ambrosio Eye Care is a leading eye and LASIK care practice with office locations at 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331 and 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440 that serve the greater Boston and central Massachusetts area.