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3 Nov 2017 22:40


Has anyone else developed cataracts as a result of chemotherapy and/or the use of steroids to counter the side effects of chemo?

I'm told this is a rare event but, with more of us surviving for longer, I wonder whether this is becoming less rare?

It isn't a major issue for me, but I've opted to have surgery to sort out the cataracts whilst I'm in partial remission. At least this way I will be able to see properly during the time my chemo has bought me!



Re: Cataracts?

4 Nov 2017 02:40 in response to davek


Hi Dave,

I haven't had chemo. I have been on 2 different hormone therapies - Tamoxifen and then Letrozole. I stopped taking Letrozole 3 months ago, after taking it for 6 years. I believe that eye problems are one of the side-effects of taking this medication. I had both eyes operated on for catarracts 2 years ago. It was a very minor procedure and, with all that you've been through, you'll find this a breeze.

Unfortunately, I had an astigmatism and had to have special lens in to rectify this. After surgery, one of my eyes was not good at all. I returned to hospital and had a corrective operation for this, only to discover that the surgeon had placed the lens 25° out.

I have type 2 Diabetes and have been told this year that I now have Glaucoma. I was back at the hospital a few weeks ago and now have drops to use every night. I have noticed a huge change for the worse in one of my eyes in the past few weeks, so am waiting to see what is causing this now.

Have you got your date for surgery yet? I do hope that it all goes well. We don't realize how precious our eyesight is, until it starts to fail.

Kind regards,

Jolamine xx

Re: Cataracts?

4 Nov 2017 11:05 in response to Jolamine

Hi Jolamine,

Thanks for you reply, sorry to read that you're having similar problems.

I've been referred to a private clinic which performs the operation for free on behalf of the NHS. I have a pre-op assessment booked in two weeks and expect to have the operation within two weeks of that appointment. I had the option of attending the local NHS hospital but their waiting times for non-urgent referrals was measured in months rather than weeks.

One eye is badly affected with a cataract right in the centre - the other one only affects my peripheral vision but I want them sorted out. 

Thanks again





Re: Cataracts?

4 Nov 2017 14:40 in response to davek


Hi Dave,

I'm glad to hear that you have set the wheels in motion. Both of mine were right in the centre too. I am going back to see my optician today, to discover if there is any obvious reason for the change in my right eye, as  I can hardly see out of it now. The left is fine.

You don't have that long to wait now. I hope that it all goes well for you.

Keep us posted.

Kind regards,