Maine Cataract Surgeon Bruce Cassidy, M.D. shared some insight for people with in need of cataract surgery who also have diabetes. “Diabetes is a known risk factor for developing cataracts. We believe that the abnormal carbohydrate and sugar metabolism that diabetic patients suffer causes the sugars and metabolic byproducts to damage the crystalline lens of the eye and form a cataract. Thus, it is not uncommon for diabetic patients to actually need cataract surgery at an even earlier age than others who are not diabetic, explained Dr. Cassidy. “By doing the types of high technology imaging and testing we do, along with using tiny incisions and meticulous eye surgery procedures, we can successfully perform cataract surgery for patients for our patients with diabetes.”
diabetics considering cataract surgery have a careful evaluation of the retina-especially the macula-using ocular coherence tomography (OCT) to identify the presence of diabetic macular edema (DME), a known finding in diabetic retinopathy that can cause less then optimal results after cataract surgery, noted Eyecare Medical Group Maine Retina Specialist Scott Steidl, M.D. “Further, in certain situations it might take an added precaution of placing an injection of VEGF inhibitor such as Lucentis™ into the vitreous of the eye to prevent new blood vessel growth. Other than these considerations it is usually quite possible for our cataract surgeons to offer patients good results.
Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to preserving eye health and vision with diabetes. See your eye doctor regularly as he or she requests. If you or someone you know has questions about Diabetes and Cataract Surgery please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup.
Eyecare Medical Group is a leading ophthalmology practice in Portland, Maine staffed by a team of eye care specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, retina specialists, cornea specialists and cataract and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants, (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.
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