Cataract Surgery & Diabetes in Baltimore

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cataract Surgery & Diabetes in Baltimore

Baltimore Cataract Surgeon Brad Spagnolo, M.D. commented on cataract surgery for patients who have diabetes. “At Baltimore Washington Eye Center cataract surgery can be successfully performed for patients with diabetes.  This is pretty important because diabetes is a known risk factor for developing cataracts,” stressed Dr. Spagnolo. “Diabetic patients are also at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy-a serious threat to vision and a leading cause of new blindness,” he also emphasized. Researchers believe that the abnormal carbohydrate and sugar metabolism that is the hallmark of diabetes causes the sugars and metabolic byproducts to damage the crystalline lens of the eye and form a cataract. “Thus, it is not uncommon for diabetic patients to need cataract surgery often at an earlier age than others who are not diabetic. Fortunately, while diabetes is known to cause difficulty with wound healing, the type of small incision cataract surgery we perform today really poses no additional risk to diabetic patients than non diabetic patients,” Dr. Spagnolo was quick to point out. It is important that diabetics considering cataract surgery have a careful evaluation of the retina-especially the macula-using ocular coherence tomography (OCT) to identify the presence of diabetic macular edema (DME), a known finding in diabetic retinopathy that can cause less then optimal results after cataract surgery. In addition, in certain situations cataract surgeons take an added precaution of placing an injection of VEGF inhibitor such as Avastin™ or Lucentis™ into the vitreous of the eye to prevent new blood vessel growth. Other than these considerations diabetic cataract surgery can offer patients good results. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to preserving eye health and vision with diabetes. See your eye doctor regularly as he or she requests.

If you or someone you know has questions about Diabetes and Cataract Surgery please feel free to call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear  and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.