Galveston and Houston Cataract Surgeons from The Eye Clinic of Texas want to share some thoughts about Cataract and Macular Degeneration. “Cataracts and Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) share at least one common risk factor-AGE”, commented Houston Cataract Surgeon Dr. Da-Thuy Van. “Cataract formation and Macular Degeneration 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. 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 (ARMD) 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 ARMD 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 has questions about Cataracts & Macular Degeneration please feel free to call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area that provides all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services. Our Board Certified Ophthalmologists perform Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK, Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants using advanced technology IOLs to correct complex problems such as astigmatism and near vision focusing problems including presbyopia, diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy, diagnosis and management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Texas EyeWear at The Eye Clinic of Texas provides personalized consultation and fitting of eyeglasses and eyeglass lenses for greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area patients.

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