Could Macular Degeneration Be Linked to the Formation of a Cataract?


If you've been diagnosed as suffering from the formation of cataracts, you may have heard that macular degeneration is also a risk. Could these conditions be linked in any way, and if so, what should you do about it?

What Is a Cataract? 

Firstly, it's important to understand that these diseases affect separate parts of the eye. A cataract is a clouding of the lens, which can happen as people get older. It makes it more difficult for light to pass through to create a sharper image on the retina. As you may know, cataracts can lead to blurry vision and a gradual loss of clarity, and you may be more sensitive to bright lights as a consequence.

What Is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration can also affect older people and sometimes appears at approximately the same time as a cataract. However, this condition affects the macular, which is the rearmost part of the retina and is responsible for controlling central vision. People with macular degeneration may find it harder to focus on things directly in front of them rather than on the periphery.

Understanding the Separate Conditions

In some people with advanced cataracts, it can sometimes be difficult to detect the progression of age-related macular degeneration, as this can occur behind the affected lens. Still, experts do not suggest that the two conditions are related or that cataract surgery may contribute to the worsening of any macular degeneration if present. Some people may notice the effect of macular degeneration as soon as they have had cataract surgery, as they will be able to see much more clearly through the artificial lens in that eye.

Discussing Your Worries

If you are at all concerned about the risk of age-related macular degeneration, you should certainly discuss your worries with your advisers. They may be able to run additional tests to determine your condition and will, in any case, advise you about what to do next. Remember, nothing suggests that a cataract operation could worsen any damage to the macular, so you should not worry about going ahead with that particular procedure.

Presenting for Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is relatively straightforward these days and is performed on an outpatient basis. Recovery can be very quick, and the entire procedure involves little to no pain.

Getting Further Advice 

As always, get advice from a trained optometrist or cataract surgeon that relates to your particular case.


20 July 2022

Eye Health: What You Need to Know

Hello! My name is Leah and this is my blog which will explain everything you need to know about how your eyes work, how you can care for them and what you should do if you have pain or problems with your vision. When I had trouble seeing, I didn't know what to do. For a long time, I just put up with it. In the end, my mother told me I should go and see an optometrist, so I did. I had an eye exam and I was fitted with a pair of glasses which allow me to see perfectly.