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Hello! My mother has been having problems with her vision for some time now. She suffers from macular degeneration and a cataract. Her doctor says this is due to her aging and he recommends cataract surgery. My brother says that cataract surgery will increase her macular degeneration even more. I know something must be done since her vision is getting worse every day. She is not able to normally perform usual everyday activities.

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Hello! Your mother's eye doctor was right; cataract and macular degeneration are developed with aging. Whether your mother will have cataract surgery or not, her macular degeneration will most probably progressively increase. There used to be certain opinions that removal of the cataract exposed the retina to certain wavelengths of light, damaging the retina and increasing the risk of macular degeneration. But, some newer studies concluded that most patients with mild to moderate degrees of age-related macular degeneration experienced significant improvements after cataract surgery. Since remove of the cataract allows more clear light to fall on the retina even damaged retina tissue will function better.
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My sister had cataract surgury, in middle age, with no macular degeneration present but since then she has developed macular degeneration in one eye. She has also had a history of increated floaters and flashes of light around the outer area of her sight. Why would she develop macular degeneration after a cateract surgury if clear light does not damage the retina following surgery?
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Hi......

Cataract & macular degeneration eye disease are caused probably due to ageing of the body. Cataract problem is the most common eye disease which people are facing today.This problem is mainly caused by the clouding of the natural lens of the eye.

As the doctor has recommended your mother for Cataract surgery .It could be possible for your mother to regain the natural vision by interocular crstalline lens technology .

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