What is the treatment for posterior subcapsular cataract?
The treatment for a posterior subcapsular cataract is cataract surgery. It is a common surgery and carries low risk. The surgeon removes the cloudy natural lens and replaces it with a clear artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). The surgery takes about 15 minutes, and you will be able to go home that day.
Can a posterior subcapsular cataract be removed?
Posterior Subcapsular Cataract Treatment
Phacoemulsification surgery can be used for these patients, where in an Ultrasonic probe is used to break the cataract and suck the lens material out of the eye through a small incision (2-3mm) and a foldable intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted inside the eye.
How fast do posterior subcapsular cataracts progress?
Unlike the cortical cataract that develops over time, the posterior subcapsular cataract develops rapidly and symptoms can become noticeable within just a few months. This type of cataract starts as a small, opaque area that typically forms near the back of the lens, directly in the path of light (Mayo Clinic).
Is posterior subcapsular cataract reversible?
Early-stage PSCs are partially or totally reversible by treating the causal risk factor (Eshaghian 1982. 1982. Human posterior subcapsular cataracts.
What makes cataracts grow fast?
Trauma-related cataracts are typically the most fast-growing type of cataracts. Radiation: Radiation-related cataracts, sometimes listed under trauma-related cataracts, occur after the lens has been exposed to radiation. Exposure to high levels of radiation can result in clouded vision in as little as two years.
What is the most common complication of cataract surgery?
A long-term consequence of cataract surgery is posterior capsular opacification (PCO). PCO is the most common complication of cataract surgery. PCO can begin to form at any point following cataract surgery.
What causes posterior subcapsular cataract?
Posterior subcapsular cataracts are associated with aging, steroids, trauma, ionizing radiation, intraocular inflammation, diabetes, high myopia, retinitis pigmentosa, Refsum’s disease, and atopic dermatitis.
Can you lose your eyesight from cataracts?
Over time, cataracts become worse and start to interfere with vision. Important skills can be affected, such as driving, and loss of vision can affect the overall quality of life in many ways including reading, working, hobbies and sports. If left untreated, cataracts will eventually cause total blindness.
What is the main cause of cataract?
Most cataracts develop when aging or injury changes the tissue that makes up the eye’s lens. Proteins and fibers in the lens begin to break down, causing vision to become hazy or cloudy. Some inherited genetic disorders that cause other health problems can increase your risk of cataracts.
At what stage should cataracts be removed?
In most cases, you need surgery when blurry vision and other symptoms of a cataract starts to interfere with daily activities like reading or driving. There is no drug or eye drop to prevent or treat cataracts. Removing them is the only treatment.
Can you reverse cataracts without surgery?
It’s important to be proactive about your cataracts. When they are left untreated for too long, they can cause debilitating results. Ultimately, cataracts cannot be reversed without surgery since they must be removed to repair vision.