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Hi l am 47 and recently diagnosed with early stage cataracts and told l will need surgery eventually, l dont really have any of the risk factors except l have early stage glacoma and take eye drops for last ten years. My vision is still pity good and l have'nt noticed any symptoms except a bit of glare at night. l read theres three types of cataracts, l.m not sure what type it is but l think its POSTERIOR SUBCAPSULAR CATARACTs because that affects younger people. What l am worried about is l read this type of catarqact harder to remove and operate on . Would cataract surgery be alot more risky and more risk of complications and vision loss for me with my type of cataracts or with an experienced surgeon is the risk not much greater then the other types of cataracts?
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233488 tn?1310693103
To clarify a posterior capsular cataract is NOT the same thing as a posterior polar cataract.
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Thanks l dont know what type l have but the eye doctor said of the three types l have the fastest growing one. is that the Polar one. If l have the Polar cataract how much more risky is sugery ? l think l read the normal success rate for cataract sugery is 98% whats the success rare for polar cataract without any serious problems
There is no reason to take this discussion out on a limb until you know what type of cataract you have. The three most common types are 1. nuclear 2 cortical  3 PSC      post polar is rare, I see one about every 5-10 years
thanks yes next time l see my eye doctor l will ask him, so when he said l have the fastest of the three types  that means l have the PSC but that is easy to operate on unless it Polar and that is very rare.
You got it.  Sounds for sure its PSC
Good if its easy to operate on but bad its the fast growing type , does it grow slow in some people over years before they need surgery or does it grow fast in almost everyone?
slow in some, fast in most
l'm trying to work out why l got cataracts in my 40's when l dont have diabetes or use steroids, l have glaucoma is that a risk factor for cataracts. l have been taking azarga eye drops with timolol for ten years , l read an article on the internet where someone said they thought beta blocker eye drops like timolol can increase the risk of cataracts, something to do with the lens getting less oxygen because it getting less water. l asked my GP and he said timolol cannot cause cataracts or make it worse, do you agree? is it not possible
Beta blockers like timolol do not cause cataracts.  Early development of cataracts can be caused by: smoking nicotine or cannabis,  heavy alcohol use, heavy sun exposure, heavy body type (obesity), poor diet, certain medications like steroids, trauma, genetics/family history, bad luck.
l guess it must be sun, obesity, genetics and bad luck
Lots of other bad things happen from too much sun, obesity   (you can't do much about genetics and bad luck) so work on a health lifestyle.
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Thanks so the risk of sugery are not greater then other types of cataracts? , l thought l read theres a greater risk of rupture of the capsular that holds the lens , is this the case or no more then other cataracts? what would the consquences be  if it happened? how serious?  Also is there a greater risk for younger people in the 40's or the same for older people?  
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Don't  court trouble where none exists.  PSC are easy to operate on.  The difficult ones are deep brown and extremely hard.   PCS does not have higher risk of post capsular rupture. You may be confusing it with either a posterior POLAR cataract which does have a higher risk of capsule rupture.
233488 tn?1310693103
Posterior subcapsular cataracts (PSC) are easier to remove than cataract like nuclear and cortical because they are softer.
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