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How to Reverse Cataracts

How to Reverse Cataracts

In the case of developed cataracts, there is currently no way to reverse them.  Surgery has proven to be the most effective way to treat cataracts. Taking aspirins and antioxidants to treat cataracts are considered preventive measures to prevent a cataract from getting worse.

Although most cataract patients may consider undergoing surgery a daunting task, it is quite a safe procedure with very few complications.

Summary of Surgery Procedure

According to Doctor C. Stephen Foster M.D., the founder and president of the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Service of the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution and a graduate of the Harvard Medical School, ninety-six percent of those who get cataract surgeries receive positive results from it. However, he advices that it should not be resorted to unless your cataract has reached an advanced stage, hindering you from functioning normally.

Cataract surgeries normally take fifteen minutes to half an hour and are an outpatient procedure. Although there are different ways of performing a cataract surgery, they are essentially similar. Your eye surgeon will start by making a tiny incision in your eye to remove the cataract, and insert a lens implant in its place.

Types of Cataract Surgeries

There are two main types of cataract surgeries. They are known as phacoemulsification surgery, or phaco for short, and extracapsular surgery.

The phacoemulsification surgery involves the making of a tiny incision on your cornea’s side. After this incision is made, an ultrasound-emitting device is inserted into your eye, so that the cataract can be broken down to make it easier to suction it off afterwards.  Extracapsular surgery, on the other hand, involves the removal of the cloudy portion of your lens in one whole piece while the remaining portion of the lens is suctioned off.

In both cases, the lens that has been removed and suctioned off is replaced with an intraocular lens, which is also known as an IOL. Regardless which type of cataract surgery is recommended for you, if it is required for both of your eyes, they will not be performed simultaneously, but will instead be scheduled a month or two apart.

Non-Surgical Methods

New research has shown that cataracts may also be reversed by non-surgical methods. According to Dr. Jonathan V. Wright M.D., also, a graduate of the Harvard Medical School and doctor at the Tahoma Clinic in Washington State, the use of N-acetyl carnosine eye drops, instead of surgery can be used to remove cataracts. However, this method has not been reviewed extensively by other medical institutions despite its effectiveness on patients who have tried it.


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