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I am a systemic sclerosis patient with secondary pulmonary hypertension. I was diagnosed with Raynaud's in 1981 and diffuse Scleroderma (CREST) in 1982. I've run the gamut of medications, medical procedures and treatments.
This past week I was seen by my opthomologist because I was having vision problems. I thought I merely needed my lenses changed. Three years ago he said that I had the first signs of cataracts and not to worry. Everyone has them. This visit he informs me that the cataracts are at the point of requiring surgery to remove them as they have impaired my vision to the point of needing to be removed. I specifically asked him if Scleroderma patients can have this type of operation. I know to ask this because another treating opthamologist from previous years stated in no uncertain terms was I EVER to consider any type of eye surgery such as Lasix or RK surgery.
My question is this, "Can a patient with moderate to severe Scleroderma (and sjgroen's) successfully have cataract removal surgery? Do I need a second opinion? Should I just follow my opthamologist's recommendation and have the surgery? HELP.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.