Scheduling cataract surgery while on high dosage of prednisone

Greetings to all of you. This has been a very stressful few months. I had a GCA flare up while having a mini reunion with 4 dear high school friends in July. I had to increase my Prednisone from 11 to 40mg. Then my precious 99+year old mom died in early August. I was blessed to be with her when she died.

I saw my ophthalmologist before Mom died. I have cataracts in both eyes which are growing because of the increased Prednisone. I also have glaucoma with increased pressures because of Prednisone. My glasses no longer help me with distance, help minimally with reading, etc. I am potentially scheduled for cataract surgery in January, but my ophthalmologist said she will try to schedule me earlier if necessary.

To those of you with cataracts, GCA, when you had cataract surgery, were you on high doses of Prednisone. If so, how was your post op recovery after the cataract surgery?

Thanks for reading this and your replies.

Feeling frustrated with vision, but unsure when to have cataract surgery.

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  • Hi Joyful13,

    Sorry to hear about your Mum, and your flare. Hopefully things are settling a bit now, certainly from the flare- are you still on 40 mg? Or have you managed to get down again?

    My cataract was done when I was lower than that, but so long as the surgeon is happy to do the operation, there's no reason why it shouldn't go ahead without any problems. Just make sure everyone is aware and happy with your dose.

    Good luck.

  • Thanks DorsetLady,

    Yes, I am still on 40mg of Prednisone, but hope to start reducing.

    soon. I will talk with my rheumatologist and PCP to get their input as well.

    Yes, it is hard losing my Mom even at 99. We were so hoping she would make to her 100th birthday in November. Now, we will have a special memorial and party afterwards to celebrate her life. She was an amazing mom and woman. I will always miss her, but am so thankful to have had so many years with her.

  • Yep,

    Mine died aged 93, and my Auntie (her sister) died about a week before her 100th birthday!

    Enjoy "her" party!

  • I had my first cataract done last year while on 10mg - not very high - and had absolutely no problems afterwards. The second will be done in the next few months, and I am now on 9mg - had a blip when my partner died in May.

    Hope it goes well for you - mine made an amazing difference.

  • Thanks for your encouragement. I wish you the best with your next cataract surgery.

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