Charles Bahn MD: Risks Associated with Cataract Removal Decline Although many Americans are afflicted with cataracts each year, a new study shows that those who choose to undergo cataract removal are at less risk for complication than in previous years. Charles Bahn, MD comments on these new statistics. Bethesda, MD (I- Newswire) August 29, 2012 - As a leading ophthalmologist, Charles Bahn, MD understands how widespread cataract development is among Americans, especially among those who are elderly. For those that have never experienced the condition, cataract development involves a cloudy appearance in the crystalline lens of the eye; the more the condition progresses, the more likely it is that the patient will experience a decrease in vision and even blindness. Although cataracts may seem like a severe affliction, Bahn notes that it is a common issue that is easily treatable with modern science. "Cataract surgery is one of the most common, and also one of the most successful operations performed today. The results are usually gratifying- improved vision. But occasionally, complications, such as retinal detachment, may occur," explains Charles Bahn, MD. A recent article from FOX News highlights the possibility of retinal detachment as a result of cataract surgery, and notes that in recent decades, the risk has decreased. The article states, "Australian researchers found that the number of people who needed their retina reattached after their cataract was removed fell from approximately one in 100 between 1989 and 1993 to one in 400 between 1999 and 2001." Charles Bahn, MD attributes this improvement to the advancement of medical care and technology. He states, "Fortunately, recent studies have shown that the risk of retinal detachment after cataract surgery is declining, probably because of advances in technique and instrumentation. For surgeons, it is gratifying to know that their constant efforts to improve within their field pay off with better results for their patients." The article cites phacoemulsification extraction as one particular improvement in cataract treatment that has helped reduce risk in removal procedures; it was first adopted in the mid-1980s and is now the preferred procedure for cataract surgery. In the rare case that retinal detachment does occur, "there is a good possibility that doctors can reattach a person's retina - the part of the eye responsible for sending images to the brain- but there is a chance the patient could lose sight in that eye." In response, Charles Bahn, MD urges patients to fully address all risks and benefits of any procedure, especially those involving surgery. Bahn concludes by observing a widespread reduction of risk in all eye procedures, indicating that current improvements will most likely only continue to escalate as researchers and scientists enhance modern eye care. ABOUT: Charles Bahn, MD is an ophthalmologist who practices in Bethesda, Maryland. A specialist regarding corneal and external eye diseases, Charles Bahn, MD, provides invaluable insight into conditions and injuries that are related to these subject areas. He is particularly interested in cases of glaucoma. Additionally, Charles Bahn, MD, offers general ophthalmic services. Dr. Bahn holds degrees from Tulane University and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
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