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Treating Age-Related Cataract

By Mamta Singh
 
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Cataracts affect nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older. By age 80, more than half of all Americans have cataracts. (Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology; Report Title: Eye Statistics at a Glance; Last Updated: May, 2009: URL: http://www.aao.org/newsroom/press_kit/upload/Eye-Health-Statistics-June-...). The good news is that treatment for senile cataract is a relatively safe and effective procedure in the mainstream and conventional medical system.

The preferred option for those in the initial stages of a cataract is to rectify their vision using eyeglasses backed by supplements and medicines such that the immediate requirement for surgery is averted. In the due course of time and as the cataract "ripens" to make the lens more unclear for vision or the time when symptoms of haze, glare and opacity are aggravated, surgery may be recommended. The surgery is now done with laser and is minimally invasive and safe. It also has a short recovery time. The surgery removes the opaque lens and a clear artificial lens replaces it.

Surgery as a treatment for cataract has a high success rate as more than nine out of 10 patients enjoy a complete restoration of vision. It is classified as a routine or minor surgery and is performed in the outpatient department of hospitals. It involves the use of local anesthesia. It is a preferred option of treatment for persons over 65 years of age. (Source: American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine; Report Title: Senile Cataract & N-acetylcarnosine Eye-Drops; Author: Robert Mason, Ph.D; URL: http://www.worldhealth.net/news/senile_cataract_and_n-acetylcarnosine_ey/). Though complications may arise after a cataract surgery such as that of detachment of the retina, corneal edema, or opacification of the posterior capsule, the chances of such occurrences are very slim due to improved technology and precision instruments.

Surgery can be either an intra-capsular extraction procedure or extra-capsular extraction procedure, depending upon the nature and location of the cataract. Intra-capsular extraction involves removal of the lens capsule along with the eye lens.

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Mamta Singh

:) You are welcome anytime.

September 23, 2011 - 9:10am
Lynda F

Thanks Mamta! I should have remembered, if not known, to post this at "Ask". Thank you for reminding me, and for the links too. Off to "Ask" my question now......LOL

September 23, 2011 - 8:05am
Mamta Singh

Hi Lynda,

Thank you for reading through this article.

The right person at EmpowHer to write to for this would be: Ms. Susan Cody. She could be reached at susancody@empowher.com

You might also find these resources helpful.

1. A video: Florence Henderson Discusses Her Cataract Surgery - http://www.empowher.com/cataract/content/florence-henderson-discusses-he...

2. What to Expect from Cataract Surgery- http://www.empowher.com/cataract/content/what-expect-cataract-surgery?pa...

Could I also suggest that you post your question on cataract at 'Ask our Health Question' section which can be see at the lower half of the EmpowHer.com Home Page? You would have more persons with the experience come forward and share what their experience with the cataract surgery.

Wishing you a very successful surgery outcome. Peace.

Best Regards,
Mamta

September 23, 2011 - 1:00am
Lynda F

I had an eye exam last week, to consider Lasik surgery to correct my vision. That turned up cataracts in both eyes. Next week, I'll meet with the doctor for further examination of the cataracts and to discuss my options. Then I remembered my mother had some laser eye surgery a few years ago, so I just called her to see why. And hers was for cataracts also. So I will be curious to hear what the eye surgeon has to say about them.

My mother had a good results when the first eye was done. A couple of weeks later they did the second eye, but it was an intern doing that one, and she said it wasn't as good.

Wondering if anyone here has had cataract surgery, or knows of someone who has had, and what their results were. Would like to hear from others as to their experience.

September 22, 2011 - 8:15pm
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