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Does Crying Prevent Cataracts
Delay: Sun protection has been proven to delay the time of onset of cataracts but not to prevent the development if you were going to get them anyway. Sunglasses are a useful and recommended thing to wear in the face of bright sunlight. ...Read more
Occurs whent here is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). Can be worsened by long-term topical steroid ...Read more
Yes: Some are inherited. Cataracts are typically a natural aging process, but can avoid outside factors that accelerate their formation -- oxygenation (eye surgery), uv, radiation, meds, trauma, etc. ...Read more
Block light: The eye works like a camera. Glasses function like focusing the camera lens to give the sharpest image. However, a cataract (a clouding of the natural lens in your eye) is more like having dirt on the lens of the camera. This dirt will block the light and decrease the image quality even if the lens is in perfect focus. ...Read more
Not in the U.S.: There is little evidence that they actually work. ...Read more
I am told I have beginning cataracts. Is there anything I can do do prevent further development:nutritional supplements?
Yes and no....: Unfortunately there is no known method to completely stop the progression of cataracts. The rate of progression can be slowed by using uv protection, quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy diet. No nutritional supplement has been clinically proven to significantly slow cataract progression to date. Regular eye exams for early detection is the best management of cataracts. ...Read more
My mom has very bad vision. She is 63 with glaucoma and almost went blind if she didn't have surgeries for cataracts. Anything I can do tohelp/prevent?
Personal support: She has to take her medications on schedule and keep the appointments that are scheduled. You cannot do these for her but you can remind her to help herself; you can give her your love and best wishes; you can drive her to appointments if needed; and go to the pharmacy for prescriptions. There is nothing to prevent as she already has these condtions. ...Read more
My mom has very bad vision. She is 63 with glaucoma and almost went blind if she didn't have surgeries for cataracts. How to prevent self from getting?
Preventing glaucoma: I know of no way to prevent glaucoma if you're destined to get it through genetic linkages to someone in your family. The best prophylaxis in my opinion is to have regular eye appointments where the pressure is checked and intervened on at the first sign of trouble. Otherwise, just good general principles of good health, exercise, healthy dieting/weight, check for diabetes, etc. Etc. ...Read more
What kind of vitamins or food should I take to prevent, retina detachment nd cataracts or what the doctors recommend to prevent all of that?
My sight went from 20/20 to much worse after up eyelid surgery, and lids are lumpy. Will good sight return? Are cataracts inevitable/ how to prevent?
Talk to your surgeon: Your vision should not change with upper eyelid surgery. Some lumpiness immediately after surgery is normal, and should resolve with time, but any vision changes should be discussed with the surgeon asap. If your are using eye lubricants after surgery however, they can cause blurry vision. Cataracts are a separate problem entirely, discuss with your eye md. ...Read more
I have occipital neuralgia (neck pain, headaches, light sensitvity.) upcoming cataract surgery - any meds or ways to prevent a flair up? L
Occipital Neuralgia: Best treatments for ON prior to cataract surgery: Prescription muscle relaxants;Anticonvulsant drugs, such as Tegretol (carbamazepine) and Neurontin (gabapentin);Antidepressant medication; Short-term use of local nerve blocks and steroid injections; more info: eyedoc2020 blogspot com ...Read more
How can one prevent further cataracts progression due to diabetes and high blood pressure? Because of my diabetes and hypertension, I started to develop nuclear cataracts of my eye lenses in both my eyes. My vision is a little blurry now. My ophthalmologi
Protect your eyeS:
There are no vitamins that you can take to prevent these. Retinal detachments can occur spontaneously or after eye trauma, be it sports (ball in the eye) or violence (fist in the eye). If you are very near sighted your are more prone to detachments because the eye ball is long and the retina is stretched.
Cataracts are age related but medicines such as steroids, trauma, diabetes increase risk. ...Read more
My 18 month old son got upset and when he was crying passed out for a few seconds. When will he grow out of if? Is it normal? What can I do to prevent
Breath holding: This a very common phenomenon at children your child's age. It is brought on by the child' frustration in not getting his way. Rest assured, he will start breathing again because of breathing center in his brain. Walk away, although it may be hard. If he doesn' t have an audience he will stop performing. ...Read more
What to do if I keep getting flashbacks about my least favorite times of my life. And then I start crying. How do I prevent all that?
By getting treatment: What you're describing sounds like you may be dealing with ptsd, and are having unpleasant flashbacks with that. There are effective talk therapies for such conditions, and sometimes medications can help also. Get a thorough evaluation with a psychologist or psychiatrist, and consider carefully the suggestions they make about helping you. Best wishes. ...Read more
Everytime I go on an airplane, the air makes my ears hurt so badly, I almost start crying, how to prevent this?
Risky: Starting just prior to 1900, topical anesthesia was available so cataract surgery could be performed painlessly. The procedure at the time involved opening the eye and bluntly removing the entire lens and hoping that would be all that would exit the eye. A strong eyeglass was required afterwards. Now with ultrasound and microscopes, etc. Cataract removal can be done safely and predictably. ...Read more
Cataract appearance: With a slit lamp (the microscope at the ophthalmologist's) cataract is very easy to see as a clouding of the natural lens. From the patient's perspective it is a very gradually progressing film over the vision and glare from lights. Patients sometimes describe it as "looking through cheeseclothe." the term cataract means waterfall, presumably as if you're looking through a waterfall. ...Read more
Peaks about 75: Cataracts can appear at any age, even at birth. The most common are age related with onset early in the 40s and 50s and rapid increase through the 60s and 70s peaking at about 75. But some don't get them until later at age. They will occur earlier in smokers, those with significant sunlight exposure and in certain illnesses, use of drugs and hereditary underpinnings. ...Read more
Thank you for your question. In general, cataracts are associated with reduced quality of vision. Patients typically report that reading road signs becomes more difficult, and they may have glare and halos when driving at night time. However, cataracts are not associated with pain.
There are some rare cataract conditions associated with pain, but 99% of cataracts are painless ...Read more
Blur: The most common symptoms of early cataracts are blurred vision, glare and sensitivity to light. If you are having any of these symptoms, see your eye doctor to determine whether cataracts are the cause. ...Read more
The visual system: Cataracts are a loss of clarity in the natural lens in the eye. They occur in everyone eventually and affect overall vision. Cataracts are the leading cause of reversible blindness worldwide. If cataracts are left too long, vision can be severely limited which can make daily tasks more difficult. ...Read more
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