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Cataract surgery
This may have already posted, but would rather have it asked twice than not at all. Due to acoustic neuroma surgery 10 years ago, I have optic nerve damage in my left eye. Now I have a cataract in the same eye. Would the nerve damage make the cataract surgery more difficult? Could the optic nerve damage get worse by having surgery?
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No, optic nerve damage does not make cataract surgery more difficult but it often reduces the expectation of a full recovery of sight.

It is extraordinarily rare for auditory nerve (cranial nerve 8) surgery to cause damage to optic nerve (cranial nerve 2). They are no wear near one another.

No cataract surgery except in the most rare instances would not make optic nerve damage worse.

JCH MD
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