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Question:
Why does vitrectomy hasten cataract formation?

Answer:
Vitrectomy increases oxygen levels in the eye, which is thought to cause oxidative damage to the proteins in the lens. This then causes the lens to become less transparent and therefore cloudy.

Answered by: George Williams, MDDr. George Williams

Categories: Cataracts, Eye Surgery

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Answered: Apr 24, 2013

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