Monday, July 16, 2012

Emma's Upcoming Surgery..Removing her Cataracts

Emma will be having cataracts removed from both eyes in the next couple of weeks. There is no set date yet because her infection is setting things back a little bit. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Lawrence Tychsen at the St Louis Children's Hospital.
At this time Emma has dense cataracts in both eyes. So if she does have any vision at all it is reduced to a fog.
Cataracts that occur in infants and children are unlike cataracts that occur in the an aged person. Pediatric cataracts require different instrumentation and techniques. The machine is used to remove the cataract is a combined vaccum and cutter. The part that enters the eye is made of stainless steel and is no thicker than a toothpick. It is inserted through a tiny hole that is made in the wall of the eye using a microscope. A second hole is placed to allow fresh fluid to be flushed into the eye. The cloudy lens is cut into pieces and vaccumed away. Depending upon the age of the child, it may be neccessary to remove the thick gel (vitreous) that fills the middle of the eye. Removing the gel can reduce thr chance of scarring.
Children usually get implant lens, contact lens, or glasses. Emma will get glasses until she is two years of age and then she will get implants. (possibly)
Emma has been fitted for glasses and they are being made at this time so that she has them in time for surgery.

1 comment:

  1. Cataract is very danger for ayes and people should be aware from this disease because they can loss their eye without getting proper treatment.

    what is cataract


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