I had cataract surgery on the right eye in Feb. I developed CME in the eye and is still in treatment. I had cataract surgery in the left eye in May. Three weeks after the surgery I started to get cloudy vision. I was put on drops for the eye but after using them for six weeks, I have been told I need lag surgery for the secondary cataract. I am concerned because I have read that this can cause a retinal detachment or Macular Edema. Since I have Macular Edema in the other eye do you feel I should go along with the lag surgery?
First its "Yag" surgery. Second the risks do include RD and cystoid macular edema (CME). generally the risks are small except in the highly nearsighted or in those with a history of CME.
Discuss this with your Eye MD. What I have done in patients with a history of CME and needing a yag laser capsulotomy is put them on a steroid drop (pred forte) and a non-steroidal antiinflammatory (Xibron or Acular) for a week before the Yag and continue it after the yag for about 4-6 weeks. This has proved very effective in preventing CME.
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