Pseudoexfoliation Syndrome (PFX)

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We all know about the problems we can have with our eyes as we grow older.  We know about cataracts and glaucoma, and we all know these ailments can be corrected medically.  But here is one you may not be aware, its pseudoexfoliation syndrome or PFX.

It has to do with those pesky “floaters.”  PFX causes excessive floaters, which can affect vision and cause a spontaneous dislocation of the cataract lens.  If floaters are becoming a problem, schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist.  The following is a list of facts regarding PFX thanks to WebMD, National Institutes of Health, and personal knowledge:

  • PFX is basically an excess of floaters that eventually impairs vision
  • PFX can cause the spontaneous dislocation of the cataract lens
  • People that have had cataract surgery are at risk for this spontaneous dislocation - usually after seven years
  • Excessive floaters can block normal drainage of the eye thereby increasing pressure causing glaucoma
  • People with northern European heritage have a higher risk factor

If you are diagnosed with PFX, and have had previous cataract surgery, you are at risk for spontaneous dislocation of the cataract lens.  Fortunately it can be corrected with surgery.  The surgery removes the dislocated cataract lens and also replaces the vitreous fluid with a saline solution.  When the vitreous fluid is removed the floaters are also removed.  A new intraocular lens will be placed during surgery.  Usually the new lens is placed in the anterior (front) part of the eye.

Side effects of the surgery are the eye will be red for up to two weeks.  The entire white of the eye maybe bright red.  The eye may water blood streaked tears.  The eye will feel like there is an eyelash in it until the incision heals.  An eye-patch will have to be worn for the first day and several nights following surgery. There should be no pain.  It may take up to six months for the eye to be ready for new glasses (if needed).

In closing, seek help if those pesky floaters are becoming a problem especially if you have had cataract surgery.  If you are at risk for PFX or have excessive floaters, please check with an ophthalmologist.  This is correctable. We all have to help each other do our best, especially in regards to health.

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