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Is bilberry effective for cataracts?

Is bilberry effective for cataracts?

No: In fact there was a large scientific study of multiple dietary supplements and vitamins that found that there was no decrease in the development or progression of cataracts with their use. Cataracts are the "gray hair of the eyes" - we all get them naturally and if we live long enough we need to treat them. You can try supplements as long as they don't interfere with your health or other medicines. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataract (Definition)

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which should normally be clear. Cataracts are usually painless and develop slowly, causing a gradual worsening of vision. Cataracts will affect the vision of most individuals by the time they are at the age of 75, but risk factors speeding up their development include diabetes, too much exposure to UV light (sunlight), ...Read more


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What are effective alternatives to cataract surgery?

What are effective alternatives to cataract surgery?

No surgery: Cataract surgery is considered an elective procedure. Except for a few situiations, you, as the patient, decide when you want to have the surgery. If you are happy with your vision, you can wait on the surgery as long a you want. ...Read more

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How effective is the new light adjustable lens for cataract surgery?

Promising: Exciting new technology......Shows promise but long term results are not yet known. ...Read more

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How effective is the new laser cataract surgery?

Good for parts: Laser assisted cataract surgery is just that. The new femtosecond laser helps make the incision part of cataract surgery more precise and predictable than traditional methods. The laser does not do the entire operation--only parts of it. There is a considerable extra expense to using the laser that is paid for by the patient. ...Read more

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How effective is a patient's vision after cataract surgery?

Excellent.: Assuming there is no other eye disease and the surgery goes well without complications, your vision should be close to 20/20. ...Read more

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Is having a cataract surgery effective for high myopia and astigmatism?

It may be: Although the main reason for cataract surgery is to remove the cloudy lens, modern techniques - including toric implants, multifocal implants, and laser cataract surgery - can drastically reduce or even eliminate both astigmatism and myopia. ...Read more

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What is the fastest, most effective way to treat extreme dry eyes i visited my opthamologist's office to be measured for removal of a cataract. He advised that i had dry eyes and that he could not get a good measurement of my cornea therfore he proceeded

What is the fastest, most effective way to treat extreme dry eyes i visited my opthamologist's office to be measured for removal of a cataract.  He advised that i had dry eyes and that he could not get a good measurement of my cornea therfore he proceeded

Multifactorial answe: Dry eye has many causes ranging from environmental, pharmacological, hormonal, due to lid pathology, decrease liquid production, abnormal lipid (oily) portion of tear (evaporative) dry eye. Finding the cause of the dry eye helps determine the treatment needed. It is very important to treat the dry eye prior to cataract surgery. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Will bilberries help my night vision?

Will bilberries help my night vision?

Maybe: There were some studies many years back that demonstrated improved night vision if taking bilberry. 1 randomized study and 7 non- randomized studies demonstrated positive effect from bilberry. The 4 most recent randomized controlled studies demonstrate no affect of bilberry on night vision. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14711439 and http://www.Thorne.Com/altmedrev/.Fulltext/5/2/164.Pdf. ...Read more

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