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Cataract Conventional Treatment

The good news is that cataracti surgery, which is the traditional treatment for cataract is one of the most successful and safest operations in medicine. That does not mean that it is without risk however or that it is necessarily the best approach.

The operation normally involves the removal of the natural lens with a plastic one. The replacement lens has a focal lens adjusted for long vision, with glasses being required for near vision.

Only 2% failure rate but that still means 1 in 50 failure rate leading to serious complications like

  • Retinal Detachment
  • Corneal Edema – swelling of the Cornea
  • Endophalmitis - Inflamation or infection of the intra ocular cavity

 

Any of these conditions can lead to partial or complete blindness. The risk of course increases to 1 in 25 if both eyes need surgery. Furthermore, 50% of all cases require laser treatment or further surgery within 2 years to treat the cloudiness of the remaining posterior lens which occurs as a result of the first operation and the continuing lipid peroxidation damage.

 

This is because surgery treats the symptoms and not the causes of cataracts. And whilst this is a fairly safe and effective solution, it does carry risks.

 

It is common to leave cataracts for awhile to “ripen” before surgery. This time could be well spent trying to combat cataracts using some of the alternative methods. Officially there are no proven methods for reversing cataract, however a great deal of success has been achieved in preventing the further development of cataract.