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What over-the-counter treatments are available for cataracts?

What over-the-counter treatments are available for cataracts?

There are none.: You can use shaded glasses or change your glasses and it may help your vision or symptoms, but there is not proven over the counter treatment. ...Read more

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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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What are the best proven over-the-counter products for cataracts?

What are the best proven over-the-counter products for cataracts?

None: There is no current over-the-counter or prescription medication, or vitamin that can treat cataracts. Cataracts are caused by the normal growth of the eye's lens (much like growth of skin) ultimately leading to too much lens material in too small a space, in addition to biochemical changes that occur. There may be non-surgical treatments available in the future, but none exist at this point. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have cataracts.Is there any successful treatment that doesn't involve surgery?

What do you suggest if I have cataracts.Is there any successful treatment that doesn't involve surgery?

Cataract Prevention: 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: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...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 are some alternative cataract treatment methods?

Surgery/no surgery: These are the only management options. Cataract surgery can be delayed until vision loss interferes with lifestyle. Glasses can sometimes improve thew vision somewhat. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of cataract?

What's the best treatment to get rid of cataract?

Surgery: Cataracts are a loss of transparency of the lens of the eye cllouding the image. Most are age related. The only possible treatment is surgical removal with insertion of a prosthetic lens. Techniques now are so advanced, safe and predictable that there is nothing to fear from this course. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a senile cataract?

What is the treatment for a senile cataract?

Senile cataract: This really depends on how the cataract affects your vision. If vision is a problem then you will need cataract surgery. ...Read more

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How common is it for a 30 year old to develop a cataract and what is the treatment?

Uncommon: But not unheard of. Do not have surgery unless your vision and activities are affected by the cataract. Slow progression by using ultraviolet protection such as a hat and/or sunglasses! ...Read more

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Please help! what is the treatment for senile cataract?

Please help! what is the treatment for senile cataract?

Standard removal: The standard of care is the performance of phacoemulsification removal in a surgical eye operative suite. This is certainly true for senile cataracts which are those which occur in the aged. ...Read more

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Rapid onset cataracts. Age 51. Diopters went from minus 5 to minus 12 in less than a year. What are the potential causes? Yes surgery is treatment.

Typical course: Many cataracts develop with a thickening of the lens which adds minus power. This can occur at various rates and degrees and yours certainly is extreme. Cataract removal is highly successfuly and in addition will correct the basic power of your eyes. It sounds like you are ready for this. Discuss with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Suggestions please - completely blind in one eye and cataract in the other eye. What are some treatment options?

Suggestions please - completely blind in one eye and cataract in the other eye. What are some treatment options?

Depends: It really depends on how bad the vision is in the good eye. If it is causing problems with your daily activities, it is reasonable to have the cataract removed. Otherwise, wait until the cataract affects you more adversely. ...Read more

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Best economical treatment of 42 yr old lady having immature cataract in one eye n myopia of no -8 in other eye? Please tell some possible treatment ?

Consider ReLEx: With a mild cataract, lasik is not the best choice. Relex or refractive lens exchange may be a good choice for you. More info: http://www.2020vision.Com/procedures_relex.Html. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for an infantile cataract in a six-month-old child? After my newborn daughter's right eye began to look cloudy, we learned that she has a unilateral cataract. What would cause this to happen? If she has treatment, will she keep

What is the best treatment for an infantile cataract in a six-month-old child? After my newborn daughter's right eye began to look cloudy, we learned that she has a unilateral cataract. What would cause this to happen? If she has treatment, will she keep

See ophthalmologist.: This is most likely congenital, and possibly may be due to a tumor or some other condition with the eye. It may be observed, further evaluated or surgery. You need to see a pediatric ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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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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Cataracts, what are some alternative treatments?

Cataracts, what are some alternative treatments?

None really: Nothing other than surgery has proven to be effective for cataracts. Surgery is so highly successfuly that there is nothing to be worried about. Alternative supplements, maneuvers and medications are of no benefit. ...Read more

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Are there good natural treatments for congenital cataract?

Not really: N-acetylcarnosine (NAC) in small studies showed improve vision in cataract patients. However, has not been studied in double blind, randomized, prospective way & studies paid for by company- vested interest. It is not FDA approved. Surgery only cure. Sun protection & eating a diet rich in antioxidants may help prevent worsening. More info at: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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I am myopic i practice plus lens therapy and I have seen improvements in my vision, can it cause imbalancement in eyes or cataract or something?

I am myopic i practice plus lens therapy and I have seen improvements in my vision, can it cause imbalancement in eyes or cataract or something?

Does not damage eye: Using plus lens therapy will not cause physical damage to the eye such as cataract. It could cause alignment problems at near, because normally the focusing of the eye at near is tied in with the in-turning of the eyes needed for viewing a close object. Plus lenses eliminate the need to focus, so the eyes might not turn-in adequately, and thus may cause eye strain symptoms or double vision. ...Read more

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I'm a teenager & I traveled extensively throughout the world. The past 6 months I've had a rash. Over the counter treatment doesn't work. What now?

I'm a teenager & I traveled extensively throughout the world. The past 6 months I've had a rash. Over the counter treatment doesn't work. What now?

Rash: Rashes are very difficult to diagnose without some visuals, at least in pictures if not in person. I would recommend seeing a dermatologist. Alternatively, you can try Healthtap Prime and upload some photos. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for trichomanosis?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for trichomanosis?

No - See a Doctor: No, you need Flagel Pills for the most effective treatment. See your Doctor or the Health Department - you should have a full STD screening if you have been exposed to any STD. ...Read more