2020–2021 BCSC Basic and Clinical Science Course™
6 Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Part II: Pediatric Ophthalmology
Chapter 23: Childhood Cataracts and Other Pediatric Lens Disorders
Cataract Surgery in Pediatric Patients
Visual Outcome After Cataract Extraction
Visual outcome after cataract surgery depends on many factors, including age at onset and type of cataract, timing of surgery, choice of optical correction, and treatment of amblyopia. Early surgery by itself does not ensure a good outcome. Optimal vision requires careful, long-term postoperative management, particularly regarding amblyopia. Even when congenital cataracts are detected late (after age 4 months), cataract removal combined with a strong postoperative vision rehabilitation program can achieve good vision in some eyes.
Excerpted from BCSC 2020-2021 series: Section 10 - Glaucoma. For more information and to purchase the entire series, please visit https://www.aao.org/bcsc.