The Risks Of Other Conditions Associated With Cataracts And Treatment

Many conditions associated with cataracts can lend to their advanced development. So far, the only reliable cataracts treatment is corrective surgery.

Conditions Associated With Cataracts

Cataracts do not cause other conditions, but certain conditions may lend to the formation of cataracts. These include diabetes, glaucoma, Down Syndrome and some cancers.
Diabetes is known to further the formation of cataracts because of high levels of glucose (blood sugar). People with diabetes who have higher blood sugar levels than normal often get cataracts much earlier in life.
Glaucoma patients who suffer from cataracts may find their condition complicated. While cataracts are easily corrected by surgery, glaucoma is a permanent condition. Cataracts surgery can cause a change in pressure in the eye which can affect the development of glaucoma.
Children with down syndrome are at a greater risk for congenital cataracts. Additionally, the radiation from different cancer treatments has been seen to cause cataracts.

Complications After Surgery: Posterior Capsule Opacity

Many people believe that cataracts surgery is a waste of time and money because cataracts can simply grow back. Cataracts never grow back after they have been removed, but sometimes an individual will experience posterior capsule opacity (PCO). This causes vision to return to its former state of cloudiness.
This condition is not a cataract, but rather a simple clouding that may occur behind the artificial intraocular lens implanted after your cataract is removed. PCOs can be corrected by your doctor in a simple outpatient procedure, using a YAG laser. The procedure is painless, and takes only a few minutes.
You may require anti-inflammatory eye drops after the procedure and you may experience floaters within your vision, but both of these are temporary.

Other Potential Risks of Cataracts Surgery

Other complications that may arise after cataract surgery include dislocated intraocular lenses, meaning that the implanted lens moves after insertion and obstructs your vision. This is an infrequent occurrence, but will require another surgery to correct.
In extreme cases, retinal detachment may result from surgery. This is when the retina is pulled away from its usual position in the back of the eye, causing vision to blur. Without corrective surgery, this condition will almost always result in full or partial blindness.
Minor complications of cataracts surgery, that are usually temporary, include drooping eyelids, increased intraocular pressure, inflammation and sensitivity to light.
While it may seem like the risks of surgery outweigh the benefits, 98 percent of cataract surgeries are successful and without complications (Lasik Institute, 2003). Undergoing this procedure could save you from the long-term effects of cataracts, which may include severely clouded or tinted vision and eventual blindness.