What to Do When You Have Problems With Your Vision

If you work on computers all day and well into the night like I do, you probably have some issues with your eyes. I used to have 20/20 vision until a few years ago. I couldn't see the small print on my computer screen, even after I adjusted the monitor's settings. Sometimes, everything would appear blurry or out of focus. Eventually, I sought help from an eye doctor. The doctor diagnosed me with computer vision syndrome and prescribed eyeglasses to correct it. Now, I rest my eyes as much as possible when I work. I wanted to help other people with their vision problems, so I started this blog. My blog offers many tips on how to improve your eyesight, as well as what to do when your vision fails. Good luck with your vision problems and thanks for stopping in.

Can Cataract Surgery Really Cause Macular Pucker?

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One of the more common age-related vision disorders is macular pucker, which causes you to slowly lose visual clarity at the center of your field of view. Because this macular pucker is often only discovered after cataract surgery fails to fully restore a patient's vision, the surgery itself is sometimes blamed for the pucker. But while cataract surgery may in some cases exacerbate the development of this condition, the two are typically unrelated. By screening your retina carefully before the operation and managing inflammation during the recovery process, your optometrist should be able to help you avoid the unpleasant surprise of untreated macular pucker. 

Exploring How Aging Leads to Macular Pucker

Your eye is supported by fluid known as vitreous, but that liquid is slowly lost over time. When this happens, negative pressure on your retina can lead to the gradual development of a thin membrane of scar tissue, blocking light from the receptors on the other side. Because macular pucker and cataracts are both heavily associated with aging, they tend to occur at the same time, and it may be difficult to notice the retinal membrane with cataracts in the way. If you do suffer from both disorders, consult with your optometrist about which operation should be undertaken first. 

Comparing Vision Loss to Cataract Severity Beforehand

The quickest way to catch macular pucker prior to cataract surgery is to compare your vision loss to the extent of your cataracts. Serious vision loss in the presence of mild or moderate cataracts suggests another problem lurking beneath the surface of your eye, even if it can be difficult to inspect the retina through the haze of a cataract. More intensive imaging can then be conducted to examine the retina for the tell-tale wrinkles of macular pucker, and your surgical plans may then be adjusted accordingly. 

Minimizing Inflammation During Cataract Surgery 

Although these two conditions are usually unrelated, cataract surgery may speed up the development of macular pucker and vice-versa. If the retina should become inflamed during surgery, more scar tissue may be produced as a result. On the other hand, the procedure used to treat macular pucker is also associated with an increased risk for cataracts. Because of these potential complications on both sides, you should coordinate carefully with your optometrist prior to either operation and then keep up with your follow-up exams until the danger of side-effects has passed. With a more thorough understanding of the relationship between these two disorders and their respective treatments, you will hopefully be able to enjoy your restored vision without the disappointment of any unexpected setbacks. 

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7 July 2016