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One of the easiest side effects caused by chemotherapy for my myeloma treatment was the development of cataracts (both eyes). The good news is that cataract surgery is about as painless a side effect as I have experienced. The reason for this post is that I’ve learned that I should have asked a few questions to make the procedure go more smoothly.
When it comes to cataract surgery my story is like many other cancer survivors. My induction therapy was two different chemotherapy drugs plus dexamethasone. Dex is a glucocorticoid and known cause of cataracts in people.
Laser surgery for cataracts wasn’t around when I had my procedure. I would definately ask my surgeon about this.
Dr. Rovit simply glossed over the monofocal, multifocal, accomadative lens issue in my case. This issue is the one I wish I had discussed with Dr. Rovit. I have multifocal lenses. Be sure to discuss this issue with your surgeon.
My brother has monofocal lenses. He has to wear cheaters now. I have multifocal lenses. I don’t need to wear glasses. I do sometimes but I can read the newspaper, for example, without wearing glasses. Pros and cons…
It’s important to find out who is doing the surgery. And the success rate of that surgeon.
And finally, ask how much the procedure will cost. You do NOT want to recieve a surprise bill.
Are you thinking of having cataract surgery? Scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.
“5 Questions That A Patient Should Ask Before A Cataract Surgery : … It is characterized by the lens of the eye becoming cloudy, which impairs the vision to a considerable extent. The condition is treated by replacing the lens with a surgical procedure…
Before you opt for this surgery, there are a few things that you need to clarify with the surgeon. Here is the list of questions that every patient should ask the surgeon before going ahead with the surgery…
Besides these questions, you may also ask the surgeon about his or her success rate, the possible complications and risk factors and the optimal recovery time. Knowing the precautions that you need to take during this phase is also important. Be sure to clear all the doubts and concerns with your surgeon before going ahead.”