How urgently should I think about having surgery to treat the corneal swelling?
This depends on:
- The degree of the swelling
- What is causing it
- The duration you have had the problem
- The effect it is having on your vision
If you have mild swelling that is not causing much trouble with the vision, we can observe this over time in the clinic. If the swelling is severe and your vision is greatly reduced, we will need to discuss the risks and benefits of surgery.
My optician says I have a cataract, but there are also changes in the cornea that may get worse if I have the cataract operation. What should I do?
I recommend coming in for an examination and detailed discussion with Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb. He will be able to take you through the pros and cons of every option, whether that is deferring or going ahead with cataract surgery.
It can be possible to perform cataract surgery and achieve a good degree of improved vision even when other corneal changes are present.
It is also possible to combine the cataract operation with the corneal transplant operation if it is clear that both surgeries are required.
A detailed discussion with Prof Muhtaseb will highlight all the issues that need to be considered.