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Question:
Can you explain the risks of amblyopia for a child with symmetrical congenital genetic cataracts not getting surgery? My 1 year old son was diagnosed with congenital cataracts in both eyes. What are the risks with him not getting surgery?

Answer:
Some cataracts are visually significant while others are not. At age 1 year it is hard to know for sure because we are not able to measure vision, so we must rely on experience and apparent function. The risks of early surgery are balanced by the risks of delay and this needs to typically be individualized. It can often be very difficult.

Answered by: Michael Repka, MD Dr. Michael X. Repka

Categories: Eye Conditions, Children's Eye Health

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Answered: Mar 30, 2011

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