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I have an eye coloboma. Otherwise, I am in excellent health. Are eye surgeons trained to successfully remove cataracts in older people with this condition?


A coloboma is a “hole” or defect in one part of the eye that occurs before birth. Depending on location and size, it may lead to mild or severe effects on vision.

Ophthalmic surgeon and spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology Dr. James Salz comments:

“You probably have a coloboma of the iris, which is the colored part of the eye. This means that a portion of the iris did not close around the pupil as the eye developed. As a result, the pupil is shaped like a keyhole rather than a circle. People with colobomas of the iris are suitable candidates for cataract surgery—and so are older individuals. Ask for a referral to a cataract surgeon from your medical doctor if you do not already have an eye doctor.”

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