Joel Confino, M.D. a NJ Cataract Surgeon and Corneal Specialist at The Eye Care & Surgery Center reassured patients with age related macular degeneration (AMD) it is possible to benefit from cataract surgery with proper counseling and realistic expectations based on their condition. “What we know is that both cataracts and age related macular degeneration share a common risk factor-age,” said Dr. Confino. “Both cataract formation and age related macular degeneration increase in frequency and incidence as we get older. Thus it is quite common to have one, the other of both as we transcend our 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.”
Many patients ask whether it is beneficial to have cataract surgery if they have pre-existing macular degeneration. And if they do have cataract surgery, will it make the AMD get worse and faster. “The general consensus among cataract surgeons is that with proper preoperative diagnostic testing, examination and consultation patients who have age related macular degeneration (AMD) and who then develop a cataract are able to have cataract surgery after being counseled on what to expect with regard to overall vision improvements and lifestyle benefits,” further commented Dr. Confino. While AMD is not a reason to avoid cataract surgery, realistic expectations must be established by and between you and your cataract surgeon. Further, the most current and widely accepted studies on AMD progression after cataract surgery found that there was no difference in the frequency of the disease among patients who had Cataract Surgery as compared to those who did not.
If you have questions or need an appointment to learn more about cataracts, cataract surgery or age related macular degeneration please call The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter.
The Eye Care & Surgery Center is staffed by a team of Board Certified NJ Ophthalmologists who are subspecialty Fellowship trained New Jersey eye surgeons, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, surgery for cataracts, intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, reconstructive and cosmetic facial surgery including eyelid surgery and facial and skin rejuvenation as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services.
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