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I have been advised that surgery for cataract is not recommended when drusen or macular degeneration is present. Could you please tell me what the concern would be?

The concern would usually be that the retinal problems (drusen, macular degeneration) may be causing significant visual deterioration and that cataract surgery would not be of great value. However, when two problems are present, it is impossible to be precise about answering this question. Patients with genuinely significant cataracts and early macular degeneration will usually benefit from cataract surgery.

Answered by: Charles P. Wilkinson, MD  Dr. Charles P. Wilkinson

Categories: Cataracts, Eye Diseases, Eye Surgery

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