All of us anterior segment surgeons have coached our patients through the cataract surgery procedure and what type of vision they can expect when fully healed. The potential for diagnosing an existing retinopathy in patients with mild cataracts prior to surgery is relatively high. But predicting retinopathies and setting the proper patient expectations become more difficult when a dense cataract prohibits me from getting a reliable OCT or fundus photo. So what do I tell these patients?
Now I have a reliable, objective test of retinal function that I can perform pre-operatively to give me an idea of what's going on behind the cataract. Flicker ERG has helped me ensure that these patients are accurately prepared for the outcome of their surgery.