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Non arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy

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

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@weezy1939

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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Thank you for your reply! I'm sorry to hear you have NAION in both eyes. I understand with NAION in one eye, there is 5% risk of kicking off NAION in my other eye when I have cataract surgery. This is not a high risk, but it is scary to consider. This is why I'm vacillating – should I have the cataract surgery or not?

I understand a cataract is also developing in my NAION eye. However, I have so little vision in that eye I'm not sure it is worth having the surgery for that eye.

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