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Can you have cataract surgery to remove a cloudy lens when you've already had detached retina surgery in the past for the same eye? My retina surgery was 20 years ago.

Yes—the cataract is in a different part of the eye and surgery can still be performed in the usual manner. Of course, any permanent vision impairment caused by the retinal detachment (when the light sensitive tissue peels off from the back of the eye) will still be present following cataract surgery.

Answered by: David F. Chang, MD Dr. David F. Chang

Categories: Cataracts, Eye Surgery

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Answered: Apr 27, 2014

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