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Should surgeon be able to tell the difference between cloudy implanted lens and cloudy cornea?

By September 24, 2014 - 8:33pm
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After cataract, yag, retinal detachment and then retinal tear surgeries, I was told iol lens was cloudy, had that surgery and change or improvement. Now says cornea is cloudy. Seems that it wasn't the lens and vision is the same (lack of vision) Should you be able to tell difference in cloudiness of lens vs. cornea?

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Hello chinadoll1,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. Thank you for reaching out to us with your question.

For the benefit of all our readers, intraocular cataract lenses, (IOLs) are lens which are implanted in the eye and used to treat cataracts. These lens are implanted after the cataract is removed. A cataract is a clouding of the lens, which is the clear part of the eye that helps to focus light, or an image, on the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.

The cornea makes up the front wall of the eye. It is normally clear. It helps focus the light entering the eye. The cornea and the lens help to focus the light rays onto the retina.

A cloudy cornea is a loss of transparency of the cornea.

Yes, an eye surgeon should be able to differentiate a cloudy IOL from a cloudy cornea with a complete eye exam. This is done by

using a specialized microscope to focus a high powered beam of light into your eye to examine the cornea and other structures in your eye.

I am sorry to hear that after all this, you still have a loss of vision.


September 25, 2014 - 8:29am
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