Cataract Surgery for deaf and elderly



Submitted by fguijo on Mon, 06/22/2020 - 23:03
United States
Did you perform any surgery for the eyes?
Do you suffer from pre-existing illnesses in the eye?

Deaf and blind due to cataract.

Do you suffer from any diseases in the body?

Non-ambulatory and deaf due to stroke more than 20 years ago.

Do you use any eye drops?
Do you wear Contact lenses or Eyeglasses?

Glasses are no longer good due to cataract in both eyes





My father who is now non-ambulatory suffered a stroke long time ago which eventually made him lost his hearing.

In addition his eyesight has now failed (legally blind) due to cataract.  He was supposed to get surgery 2 or 3 years but the ophthalmologist decided to cancel the procedure due to his chronic cough. 

Is there any possibility that he can still undergo cataract surgery perhaps by general anesthesia or suppressing the cough?



In the past, despite being deaf he had a positive outlook and happy and interactive.  Since he lost his eyesight, he is now very depressed and very quiet, even though he still able to maintain his diet. 

His condition has made all his children and grand children very miserable, sad and made it so hard for us to see him so depressed.

We would really like to see him enjoy his remaining years and we're very optimistic that he would go back to his old self.  We really appreciate if you can give us a good opinion on what to do and perhaps refer us to someone who could help him.

Thank you very much






Thanks for your Question

I am really sorry to hear that. I think the best option is to do cataract surgery under general anesthesia but because of his age he will need consultations from different specialists such as anesthesiologist, cardiologist and neurologist. Those specialists will determine if he is fit for surgery under general anesthesia and what are the risks and complications.

I think you should discuss this option with your eye doctor.