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Cataract surgery and retinal vein occlusion

If you have a past history of retinal vein blockage, this does not mean you should not have cataract surgery. The studies show a significant improvement in sight for most patients who have had retinal vein blockage (occlusion) in the past. Such patients do have an increased risk of Cystoid Macula Edema.

Preoperative laser or anti-VEGF injections may be used in certain circumstances if the vein occlusion is producing significant CME or development of new irregular blood vessels in the eye.