Galveston & Houston Cataract Surgeon Dr. Da-Thuy Van provided important information for patients with diabetes indicating that cataract surgery can be successfully performed for diabetic patients. “We know all too well that diabetes is a known risk factor for developing cataracts and diabetic patients are also at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy-a serious threat to vision and a leading cause of new blindness,” stated Dr. Van.

Researchers believe that the abnormal carbohydrate and sugar metabolism that is the hallmark of diabetes causes the sugars and metabolic byproducts to damage the crystalline lens of the eye and form a cataract. “It is not uncommon for diabetic patients to need cataract surgery often at an earlier age than others who are not diabetic. Even though diabetes is known to cause difficulty with wound healing, the type of small incision cataract surgery I perform at the Eye Clinic of Texas performed today actually poses no additional risk to diabetic patients as compared to diabetic patients,” explained Dr. Van.

It is important that 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. In addition, in certain situations some cataract surgeons take an added precaution of placing an injection of VEGF inhibitor such as Avastin™ or Lucentis™ into the vitreous of the eye to prevent new blood vessel growth. Other than these considerations diabetic cataract surgery can 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 or would like to schedule an eye exam or cataract consultation please feel free to call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or

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