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Non arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy

Eye Conditions | Last Active: Nov 14, 2021 | Replies (59)

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@bgoren

I lost vision in my left eye with an NAION event at the end of May. I have a severe cataract in my right eye (was just getting ready to have the cataract surgery when the NAION event occurred). I'm now considering having cataract surgery in December (6 months from the NAION event). I'm trying to determine what the level of risk is for kicking off and NAION event in my "good" (cataract) eye when I do the surgery. While my life is impacted, it would be much worse if I have an NAION event in my second eye. I've been trying to research about this – and am having challenges finding anything. I would appreciate any suggestions on where I may find information related to this, to help me in my final decision whether to have the cataract surgery or not. Thank you!

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Hi @bgoren, I have reread you note many times trying to figure out how to answer you. I have NAION in both eyes and have cataracts.
I too have to make the decision if I should have them removed. My eye surgeon told me there is only a 1% chance something could go wrong and I have to make the decision whether to have it or not. I still can't decide. I read there is only a small chance of getting NAION in both eyes and it didn't happen to me for 8 years. In my right eye I have vision in upper right corner and in left eye I have vision in my lower left corner. It is amazing how a person can get use to the lax of sight. Have you been seen by a Mayo doctor or a eye surgeon?
They can give you an answer.

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