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If cataracts are caused by medicine, and you stop taking the medicine, will cataracts worsen?

If cataracts are caused by medicine, and you stop taking the medicine, will cataracts worsen?

Depends: Cataract occur from change in lens proteins which cause whitening/clouding/opacity of lens; can be due to: infection/ inflammation from birth/congential (ie, rubella), old age (senile)/genetics, steroid/meds, trauma (causes acute change), poor diet; smoking, Diabetes increases risk. Full med list: [email protected] Com. Causing meds can still have lasting effect once stopped: depends on med. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

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


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Can homeopathic medicine remove cataracts?

Can homeopathic medicine remove cataracts?

No: There is no proof or study of any treatment to reverse cataracts other than surgery. ...Read more

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Does personalized medicine apply to diagnosis of typical conditions like cataract? What tests are needed?

Eye examination: I am unfamiliar with personalized medicine. Cataract is a gradual clouding up of the natural lens of the eye that can eventually lead to vision loss. The best method of determining if one has a cataract is with an eye examination. ...Read more

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I have cataract at initial stage I am taking your ceneria martima with alcohal from 3 year disease not increase if I take medicine long time any prob?

I have cataract at initial stage I am taking your ceneria martima with alcohal from 3 year disease not increase if I take medicine long time any prob?

No problem: While more research is needed, Cineraria Martima Succus eyedrops have been widely reported to stop the progression of cataracts but seldom reverses them. It is safe to take long term, but there are other options that may work even better. See http://www. Healingtheeye. Com/Articles/Cataracts. Html ...Read more

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What could have caused cataract for 57+ F having controlled BP (with medicine) & sugar levels (diet only)?

Aging or diabetes: Every year there are a dozen or more patients in my practice with cataracts in their 50's that need surgery. Even though cataracts are more common in older age groups, some people get them at a younger age for unknown reasons. Diabetics in general get cataracts at an earlier age than the general population. It is thought that with wide swings in blood sugar that the lens becomes damaged. ...Read more

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What are some of the non-drug treatments for Cataract?

What are some of the non-drug treatments for Cataract?

Non-drug treatment: Best way to treat cataracts is with surgery: traditional phacoemulsification/ultrasound energy is used to remove a cataract. Innovative Femtosecond lasers now can help speed recovery time & likely decrease overall energy needed to remove cataract (which likely is good for long term eye health). Natural ways to treat cataract: see "cataract prevention" at
http://eyedoc2020.blogspot. Com ...Read more

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Will I need to stop taking my prostate medication before surgery for my cataracts? I'll need cataract surgery in the coming year. I take flomax (tamsulosin) for an enlarged prostate. Does this or any other drug cause a problem with cataract treatment? .

Will I need to stop taking my prostate medication before surgery for my cataracts? I'll need cataract surgery in the coming year. I take flomax (tamsulosin) for an enlarged prostate. Does this or any other drug cause a problem with cataract treatment? .

I: I agree---going off the medicine does not good. Just let your doctor know that you are on it and he can take the necessary operative precaustions during the surgery. Don't let this stop you from having the surgery that will improve your vision. ...Read more

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A female late50's was told she's in early stages of low cataract today. What does this mean and can it be reversed? Natural and medical/surgical

Early: Or incipient cataracts are common in that age group. They require no treatment unless vision is affected or cataracts mature. The treatment will in that case be Cataract extraction with intra ocular lense implant ...Read more

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What was cataract treatment like in the 1900's? How has it improved since then?

What was cataract treatment like in the 1900's? How has it improved since then?

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

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What is a cataract?

What is a cataract?

Damaged lens: When the natural lens of your eye opacify through time and aging and damage from uv, we then call it a cataract. ...Read more

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What causes cataracts?

What causes cataracts?

Time: Most cataracts are caused by age related degeneration in the proteins in the lens of the eye. This degeneration causes the lens to lose its transparency. Cataract formation can be accelerated by trauma, steroids and other medications, diabetes, smoking, excessive ultraviolet light exposure and some other things. See your eye doctor if you suspect cataracts. ...Read more

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How to cure cataracts?

How to cure cataracts?

Surgery: Cataracts are the number one cause of treatable/curable worldwide blindness. Cataract surgery, when indicated, is the treatment of choice to improve vision loss associated with the formation of a visually symptomatic cataract. ...Read more

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Why did I get cataracts?

Why did I get cataracts?

Causes of Cataracts: Cataracts are most often due to or made worse by (most common first): aging, genetics predisposition, excessive sun exposure, smoking, diabetes, steroid medication, previous trauma, inflammation, infection in the eye causing inflammation; previous intraocular eye surgery; other genetic conditions; can be congenital as well. You may have some of these risk factors. Your eyemd should be able to help. ...Read more

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How do cataracts develop?

Protein changes: Most common develops from natural protein changes in the lens of the eye, typically from aging and presumably long term uv exposure. It causes the lens to turn cloudy. Other causes are diabetes, steroids, and eye trauma. ...Read more

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Can you reverse cataracts?

Can you reverse cataracts?

Not yet: There is no know way to reverse a cataract. A healthy diet, uv protection, control of systemic diseases such as diabetes and abstaining from smoking may slow down progression. ...Read more

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How long do cataracts last?

How long do cataracts last?

Until treated: Most cataract occur later in life and gradually progress if untreated. Some congenital and traumatic cataracts of earlier life are static and may last a lifetime without change. Given the success of modern cataract surgical removal, you should have your ophthalmologist evaluate your cataract for treatment potential. Not something an optometrist can do. ...Read more

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What do cataracts look like?

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

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Cataract can be monolateral?

Cataracts will…: Develop and everyone because this is part of the natural aging process. However there are some people whose cataracts develop earlier than others and this can be asymmetric, meaning one is much much worse than the other. ...Read more

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What are cataract symptoms?

What are cataract symptoms?

Many: Can have many symptoms. Most common are decreased in vision with activities of daily living. Reading small print, street signs, glare from lights, halos or star-bursting at night, reading the sports score on tv, etc. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for cataracts?

Who is at risk for cataracts?

Many causes: Risk factors include Prednisone use, diabetes, tobacco use, as well as many genetic diseases ...Read more

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When do cataracts get removed?

When do cataracts get removed?

With vision problems: You should have your cataracts operated on cataracts when they affect your activitities of daily living. "you have problems doing things you like, or need to do", or there is medical reasons that the cataracts should be taken care of (causing glaucoma!). There is no set vision (i.e. 20/40 or 20/50) that indicates you should have surgery. You should have symptoms, or need to pass drivers exam. ...Read more

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Does sunlight cause cataracts?

Risk factor: Sunlight is a risk factor for the development of cataracts ...Read more

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What causes a cataract to grow?

Aging and...: The biggest factor is aging, but ultraviolet light (sunlight, tanning boothes) and smoking are big factors as well. Some medical diseases such as diabetes, and some medications, such as steroids can also lead to increasing cataracts. More info: cataract surgery michigan. ...Read more

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Must I have my cataract removed?

Must I have my cataract removed?

No: Only if they cause visual disability and only if you want to have better vision. In rare circumstances they have to be removed for medical reasons ...Read more

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What are the tests for cataract?

Cataract tests: If best vision is worse than 20/40 or glare (BAT: brightness acuity test) is significantly affecting VA, most surgeons prefer to do surgery soon but depends on pt's sx, pt's risk factors, pt's preferences; Other tests help determine significance of cataract if need: PAM Potential Acuity meter; OCT, ECC, Pentacam, Tear OSM; More info: eyedoc2020.blogspot. Com ...Read more

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Cataracts and weed? Does it help

Unlikely: N-acetylcarnosine (NAC) in small studies showed improve vision in cataract patients. However, it has not been studied in double blind, randomized, prospective way & studies were paid for by company who has vested interest. It is not FDA approved. Likely sun protection & eating a diet rich in antioxidants is just as good; so there is still not enough proof. More info at: [email protected] Com ...Read more