Treating white cataracts requires expertise

October 27, 2023
uci health gavin herbert eye institute ophthalmologist dr. marjam farid wearing a white coat standing in an office with eye equipment
 Dr. Marjan Farid is the director of cornea, cataract and refractive
surgery at the UCI Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.

IN THE NEWS: Not all white cataracts are the same. Some are related to age, while others are caused by trauma to the eye. Successful treatment of them depends on a surgeon who understands the complex condition and how to move forward with surgery.

Dr. Marjan Farid, director of cornea, cataract and refractive surgery at the UCI Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, spoke to Review of Ophthalmology about the challenging cataracts and how she counsels her patients.

Review of Ophthalmology  publication logo white words on blue background“Anytime we have one of these very complex cataracts, especially if it’s trauma-related, I make sure to tell patients that we’re going to do our best to remove their cataract safely, however, due to the uncertainty of capsule stability, they may require a subsequent surgery.”

Farid leads the UCI Health Severe Ocular Surface Disease Program. She is one of a handful of U.S. ophthalmologists able to perform an ocular stem cell transplantation, a complex, sight-saving surgery.

Farid, a professor of ophthalmology at UC Irvine School of Medicine, performs all types of corneal transplants, including femtosecond laser-enabled lamellar keratoplasty. She also performs limbal stem cell transplants and artificial corneal transplants to treat severe ocular surface disorders. Her research focus is on corneal surgery and the use of the femtosecond laser in corneal transplantation. Her work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals.

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