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Cataracts and Macular Degeneration - Similarities and Symptoms
October 23, 2013

Cataracts and Macular Degeneration - Similarities and Symptoms

Did you know that it is not uncommon for someone to be given a diagnosis of macular degeneration after recent cataract surgery? Here are some examples of stories shared by our readers.

Diane in Alabama writes:

I had the right eye cataract removed in Nov. 2012, and the left the following month. Immediately following these operations I had what they called a "glare complication" and eventually had both eyes lasered, with no real results. In the process of trying to determine the cause of this glare, which radiates outward from a TV screen or car headlights, I saw a different surgeon from the one who did the cataract surgeries and the laser treatments. He had an optic nerve test performed, then told me, very kindly, that I have macular degeneration.

Nancy from North Carolina writes:

Two years ago, I was diagnosed with wet macular degeneration. I was having cataracts removed at the time.

Drew from Ontario, Canada writes:

I've recently been told that I have macular degeneration starting in my right eye. I'm 48 years old. I have had 6 detached retina surgeries on both eyes when I was little, and just recently had cataracts develop in both eyes. I had the cataract removed in my right eye, that's when it was discovered I had macular degeneration in that eye.

Janet from Minnesota writes:

My macular degeneration was discovered when I had cataract surgery.

Find out why macular degeneration is often not discovered until the cataracts are removed:

Cataracts and Macular Degeneration - Similarities and Symptoms

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Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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