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    Cataract at 54
    Anon_238125 posted:
    I have Spondylitis Ankylosis and go to the Ophtalmo. to check. I'm not quit sure why but everything is alright. But at the same time she mensionned that I have a beginning of cataract.
    What does that mean?

    Thanking you for any clarification.
    Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Welcome Anon_238125 and thank you for posting.

    Here's some information about Cataracts that should help. The article says, "A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that can impair vision. More than half of all Americans age 65 and older have cataracts."

    If you'd like a more detailed explanation, please discuss it with your eye doctor.

    Let us know how you're doing,

    Anon_238125 replied to Byroney_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Thank you but I'm only 54
    Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
    Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis. Cataract (clouding of the natural internal lens of the eye) causing blurred vision can result from arthritis associated inflammation of the eye as well as from the steroid treatment that is required to treat the arthritis.

    Cataract removal can be done when your vision is reduced to an unacceptable level. The cataract will be replaced by an artificial cataract replacement lens. This lens will generally be chosen to optimize your distance vision without glasses. If your eye is absolutely healthy in every regard except the cataract, your doctor may give you the option of a "premium" cataract replacement implant which can correct both distance and near vision without glasses.

    Modern cataract removal is a medical miracle in terms of restoring vision with a procedure of short duration that is very easily tolerated with a fast recovery.
    mefirstforever replied to Alan M Kozarsky, MD's response:
    Dr. Kozarsky,
    Thank you ever so much.
    Now, I have a clearer understanding of the probable cause of the cataract. Since, I've been taking meds. for 10 years for AS. From Viox to Simponi and everything in between.
    The good news is that, when I will need the Cataract removal. I might be able to get rid of my glasses.

    Thanking you again

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