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What is the success rate for cataract surgery when pseuexfoliation syndrome is involved? Is blindness a possibility as a result of such an operation?
There are no published statistics on "success" rate, but we do know that the rate of complications related to tearing of the zonular support of the lens is somewhat higher in these patients.However, some of these patients exhibit no abnormal issues during surgery. The rate of blindness should be as low as with any cataract surgery as long as the surgeons knows how to handle potential complications which may require more extensive surgery. Earlier cataract surgery in these patients is always recommended by the doctors in my practice as this helps lessen complications during surgery.
Answered by: Jeffrey Whitman, MD
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