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Do sunglasses just delay or prevent cataracts?

Do sunglasses just delay or 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

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract 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). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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How do cataracts prevent glasses from making you see well?

How do cataracts prevent glasses from making you see well?

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

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What is the difference between lasik and cataract surgery. I still want to wear eyeglasses. Will I be able to?

What is the difference between lasik and cataract surgery. I still want to wear eyeglasses. Will I be able to?

Not the Same: LASIC is a procedure done on the corneas to improve vision. Cataract surgery replaces the lens of the eye which has become cloudy. See an Ophthalmologist for guidance. ...Read more

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Can wearing transition glasses make a cataract get worse?

Can wearing transition glasses make a cataract get worse?

No: Transition glasses actually provide the eye with uv protection, reducing the risk of cataract development and progression. ...Read more

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How to retard cataract formation in elderly patients ?Are there any glasses/medications for same ?

How to retard cataract formation in elderly patients ?Are there any glasses/medications for same ?

Factors: Although nothing besides surgery can cure cataracts, there are factors to control that can help not speed up the formation. These include: uv protective eyewear, no tobacco smoking, eating a antioxidant-rich nutritious diet, controlling diabetes, maintaining controlled blood pressure, possibly vegetarian diet. Controversy still exists in the optimal balance of modifiable risk factors. ...Read more

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Why does someone need those thick glasses after cataract surgery and why?

Aphakia: Typically it is due to a condition called aphakia, where the natural focusing lens removed during the surgery is not replaced with a lens implant. This is not common. Modern uncomplicated cataract surgery does not require thick glasses afterwards, and in many cases actually reduces or eliminates the need for glasses. ...Read more

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I am told I have beginning cataracts. Is there anything I can do do prevent further development:nutritional supplements?

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

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Can over-corrected prescription glasses lead to bad glares and other higher order aberrations like starbursts? Checked for cataract/cornea-no issues.

Can over-corrected prescription glasses lead to  bad glares and other higher order aberrations like starbursts? Checked for cataract/cornea-no issues.

Maybe: Higher order abberations can result from incorrect rx, high index lens material , marginal abberations in a strong rx, incorrect pd measurement a nd fitting. If your exam is normal see if your optician can fix it. ...Read more

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Can I get cataracts from not wearing my glasses when I should?

Can I get cataracts from not wearing my glasses when I should?

No: Not using your glasses vision correction doesn't cause cataracts. Might just feel more eye strain. Should use sunglasses to filter out uv in sunlight. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Glasses (Definition)

Glasses is a term that describes a pair of lenses that are placed in a frame to be worn to correct faulty vision ...Read more


Dr. Tim Conrad
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Eyeglasses (Definition)

Babies sometimes need eyeglasses to correct vision or to correct ...Read more