Dear Dr. SerVaas,
I had a cataract implant in the early ‘80s and now am having failing eyesight. My doctor says to remove the implant will require a cornea transplant.
I am hoping that you know of a better way to remove and replace the lens. Thank you for any help you can give.
We assume that you have an intraocular lens, or IOL, implant. In general, an artificial lens implant is considered permanent. It remains transparent and does not move or wear out over time.
On occasion, some people may experience clouding of the tissue that holds the artificial lens in place. In these cases, laser therapy may help restore clear vision.
Good eyesight also depends on a healthy retina and optic nerve. Diseases such as macular degeneration or uncontrolled glaucoma may damage these delicate eye structures and cause vision problems. Regular dilated eye exams by an ophthalmologist are vital. People with diabetes have a high risk of vision problems and need to be especially vigilant. For more information on diabetic eye disease, call Prevent Blindness at 1-800-331-2020 or visit www.diabetes-sight.org.