Baltimore Cataract Surgeon on Critical Retina Exam for Surgery

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Baltimore Cataract Surgeon on Critical Retina Exam for Surgery

Baltimore Cataract Surgeon Brad Spagnolo, M.D. of Baltimore Washington Eye Center counseled that patients with cataracts and contemplating cataract surgery should expect their cataract surgeon to perform a thorough and critical retinal exam in order to carefully correlate the degree of vision loss with the density and position of the cataract. “When cataract patients report a decrease in vision, it is important to correlate the visual symptoms and visual acuity to the degree of cataract present. If you have a considerable amount of vision loss but only mild cataracts, the actual cause of the vision loss must be identified. In many cases, a careful examination of the retina can reveal underlying pathology such as epiretinal membranes, retinal wrinkling or macular pucker with edema,” noted Dr. Spagnolo. In fact, some studies report a prevalence of epiretinal membranes in 7% of patients older than 60 years and in 20% of patients aged 75 years or more-the prime demographic for cataract surgery. “Therefore, before you have cataract surgery expect to have whatever level of examination and testing your cataract surgeon requests in order to help you achieve the best results,” summarized Dr. Spagnolo..

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