Maine Cataract Surgeon Jordan Sterrer, M.D. responded to the question “What do cataracts and macular degeneration have in common?” “It is easy for patients to understand that cataracts and macular degeneration share at least one common risk factor-age. The development of a cataract and onset of age related macular degeneration (AMD) both increase in frequency and incidence with age and thus it is pretty common to have one, the other or both as we head through our 50’s, 60’s and 70’s,” explained Dr. Sterrer.
The question that many patients get confronted with is whether to have cataract surgery if they have macular degeneration. And if they do-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 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. 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 or someone you know is concerned about or suffers from cataracts or macular degeneration please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group in Portland Maine or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup
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