• Can I have cataract surgery if my blood sugar is too high or too low?


    Question:

    I hear that before cataract surgery I must have my blood sugar tested because cataracts are believed to be associated with diabetes. Is that true and what happens if indeed my sugar level is high or low--can a surgery be done all the same?


    Answer:

    Yes, the cataract surgery can be performed if you have diabetes. And yes, diabetes is associated with an increased incidence of cataracts. But it is important to know if you have diabetes so that it can be well controlled before surgery.


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