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Please help! what happens to cataracts if you don't remove them?

Please help! what happens to cataracts if you don't remove them?

Progression: Almost all cataracts except some that are congenital, will progress to the point of complete blockage of the vision over time. The rate is variable. There is a slightly higher risk to treating cataracts in more advanced stages so it is better to have them removed when the vision is functionally disturbed. ...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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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 a cataract to grow?

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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At what age does cataract develop?

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

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In what ways are cataracts treated?

In what ways are cataracts treated?

Surgery most often: 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; surgery only way to cure; eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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What are secondary cataracts? I would like to know about it.

Scar tissue on lens: Secondary cataracts are a film of scar tissue that forms on the back of the artificial implant lens after cataract surgery. They are quite common, and treatable with an in-office laser by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What happens in cataract operation?

What happens in cataract operation?

The lens is removed: The natural lens in the eye when cloudy or darkened is called cataract. In the surgery, the lens is removed usually using ultrasound energy. Then an artificial lens specific to that eye is inserted to help focus. Typically takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes. Outpatient procedure. ...Read more

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What are different cataract operations & procedures?

Variations: The modern technique of cataract removal is basically that of ultrasonic removal of the cataract and microscopic substitution of a proper calculated lens. There are minor variations in the technique and some differences in lens design. But the basic principals are the same. Older techniques of removal and non-mechanical removal are largely obselete except in third world countries. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a cataract and when are they required to be operated on?

If VA : The lens: usually clear, behind iris & like "pillow in a pillowcase." Lens can get cloudy/white=Cataract & can affect VA. If significant or causing narrow angles, surgery may be indicated. Cataract is # 1 cause of preventable blindness in world. Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed in world & US. Complication risk very low; best time in history to have CS: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com ...Read more

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