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Is there a downside to having a cataract removed?

Sun, 7th Dec 2008

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Question

Connie, Godmanchester asked:

I have retinitis pigmentosa Ė is there a downside to having a cataract removed?

Answer

Robin Ali: Cataracts are very common in patients with RP and thatís probably because their retina is thinner and thereís less oxygen consumption. That extra oxygen generates free radicals and damages the lens. In general thereís no downside to having the cataract removed. Itís very important for individuals to seek appropriate consultation with an ophthalmologist.

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