Is it safe for diabetic patients to have cataract surgery? This is an ophthalmologist’s explanation

Suara.com – Diabetic patients are prone to complications in the eye area, which makes them prone to developing cataracts in old age.

Then, is it safe for diabetic patients to have cataract surgery? Can cataracts come back after surgery?

Answering this question, Dr Au Eong Kah Guan from Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Orchard) Singapore, first explained the cataract surgery procedure. He said that cataract surgery does not need to be done many times.

“Cataract is a membrane in the lens of the eye. Cataract surgery is usually done only once in each eye. Once the cataract is removed, it does not recur,” he said, quoted from the page. Smarter Health.

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He explained that after the operation, the back of the lens capsule or posterior capsule will be preserved. This residual lens capsule is used to support an artificial lens implant that replaces the original lens.

Well, this residual lens capsule in the eye can sometimes become cloudy after a few years. This condition, according to Dr. Au Eong Kah Guan, is referred to as posterior capsule opacification, which causes cataract-like symptoms.

“But this is not a true cataract. This disorder can be easily treated using a procedure called a YAG Laser Posterior Capsulotomy, which involves making a small hole in the capsule to clear it, and allow the eye to see clearly again,” he explained.

Regarding diabetic patients, according to Dr. Au Eong Kah Guan, there are no special risks that arise after cataract surgery. Diabetic patients may undergo surgery as long as they have had a retinal health examination.

Because, one of the complications that arise due to diabetes is retinopathy, which affects the health of a person’s retina.

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“If a cataract patient also has diabetic retinopathy, diabetic retinopathy may have to be treated first if it’s severe. Otherwise, diabetic retinopathy can sometimes quickly worsen after cataract surgery, causing vision to deteriorate,” he explains.


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