Do I have to have an IOL inserted to take care of mine, or is there still a doctor who will only "scrape" off the cataract?
JUN 17, 2013
My parents both had cataracts in the 1970s and '80s. The doctor "scraped" them off in the office and they were fine thereafter. Do I have to have an IOL inserted to take care of mine, or is there still a doctor who will only "scrape" off the cataract? There are quite a few people in my office who have had a lens inserted, and now they are all having trouble with dry eyes, worse vision at night, and bright lights bother them. I don't want a lens implanted. Are there any doctors who perform the surgery the way my parents had it done?
I am sorry, but I am certain that you are confused about the surgery your parents underwent and about the life of the usual IOL patient.
First, cataracts are a clouding of the lens inside the eye. They cannot be scraped off. There is a disorder called a pterygium that can be scraped off the eye. It is not usually done in the office, but I would not be surprised if it was done in the office in a rare office years ago.
Cataract surgery requires the sterility of an operating room and would NEVER be performed in the office. Almost 100% of all people undergoing a cataract surgery require an intraocular lens (IOL). Problems with IOLs do occur but are very rare — less than 1 percent. I suggest you see your ophthalmologist for more information on this confusion.