Eye Care Expert Forum
Cataract lens allergy
About This Forum:

Our Ask-A-Doctor Eye Care Forum is where you can post your question and receive a personal answer from physicians affiliated with the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Avatar universal
Cataract lens allergy
I am allergic to acrylic and need cataract surgery.  The doctor says the only other substance is silicone.  I got new glasses and had silicone nose pads which caused a rash and blisters on my nose.  I'm putting off surgery because I fear I could have a silicone allergic reaction and damage my eyes.  Have you ever heard of allergic reactions to any of the lenses for cataracts?  Are there other materials for replacement cataract lenses?  I am not allergic to vinyl since I had to have dental work made from it replacing acrylic which burned my mouth.
Discussion is closed
Cancel
2 Answers
Page 1 of 1
2078052 tn?1331936700
When you say allergic to acrylic, what do you mean?  If you are referring to the burning sensation, this is not true allergy, but a side effect.  True allergy implies rash, itching/swelling, or wheezing.  I have personally never seen an allergic reaction to acrylic or silicone intraocular lenses.  These materials are very biocompatible within the eye.  Even patients who had problems with silicone breast implants do not have to worry about the silicone intraocular lens implants.  
Discussion is closed
Cancel
Avatar universal
Thank you for taking the time to reply. I had the burning sensation.  It was as though I had hot taco sauce inside my mouth 24/7.  Even after the dentures were removed my mouth burned for several days.  I went through this ordeal for 12 years and 10 months.  I couldn't get any dentist to help me.  I even went to Ohio State University denistry department and they basically said acrylic or nothing.   I also have burning, itching, and rashes if I wear fake furs which are also acrylic.  I cannot tolerate any kind of acrylic clothing or I get a rash.  I had 9 pairs of acrylic dentures that burned before a dentist finally believed me and found a material of hard rubber called Vulcanite which worked for 15 years until the denture broke.  Vulcanite apparently is no longer manufactured so I had to search the Internet for a different dental material.  Nylon was available and worked, but it shattered too rapidly.  Finally vinyl was used for the denture and works wonderfully.  The only lab working with vinyl that we could find was in California.
Discussion is closed
Cancel
A
A
This Forum's Experts
233488 tn?1310696703
Discover Vision Centers of Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1463449675
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank