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Pseudoexfoliation syndrome, memory problems

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August 20th, 2013
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Q. I have pseudoexfoliation syndrome and recently had cataract surgery in my left eye. Since then, there is a blurry spot in my left eye that won’t go away. My doctor said it would take a while to heal. Is this normal?

A. Pseudoexfoliation syndrome is an age-related condition in which there are whitish-gray deposits in various eye structures. Researchers aren’t sure exactly what the deposits are made of, but having this condition is a risk factor for glaucoma and cataract formation. It can also make cataract surgery challenging. The potential for postoperative complications such as inflammation and blurry vision is increased, so it may in fact take you longer to heal. As with any surgery, it’s always best to choose a doctor who has experience with your particular condition. Be sure to report any and all changes to your doctor—no matter how minor they seem—and follow all aftercare instructions carefully.

Q. My wife has been taking many medications for a long time and lately I notice that her memory is slipping sometimes. Is there somewhere I can find a list of medicines that can cause memory problems?

A. Several classes of drugs can interfere with memory, and it’s not limited to ones that act on the brain. Medicines for other conditions could be at fault, such as those to control blood pressure. Further, interactions among drugs can cause problems. The most important thing to do in this instance is take a complete list of all medicines (including over-the-counter drugs, supplements, and herbal preparations) to your wife’s doctor and voice your concerns. Along with a full physical examination and memory testing, the doctor can review her regimen and see if any medicines can be eliminated or changed, and if any referrals to specialists might be warranted.

Austin T. Welsh, Jr., M.D.

Medical Director,



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