To date, medication and eye drops have never proven to prevent or reverse the effects of cataract formation. If a cataract has progressed far enough to cause nearsightedness or to alter a prescription altogether, the only treatment is surgical removal. The natural lens itself must be removed or changed to prevent further deterioration of the eyes. Now, that does not mean a cataract must be removed simply because it is there. Many live with cataracts and experience no blurry vision symptoms. Only when cataracts interfere with daily life should they be surgically removed.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding whether cataracts may be prevented. Numerous studies suggest nutrients and nutritional supplements may reduce the risk. Preventing cataracts altogether, however, is another story.
In one massive study, which took ten years to complete, health professionals discovered that high intakes of Vitamin E and lutein and zeaxanthin were associated with significantly decreased risk of cataracts.
Other studies have shown that antioxidant vitamins, including Vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids, have reduced the risk of cataract development, too.
In terms of treatment, being proactive is crucial. The faster you act, the better your vision and quality of life will be. If your cataracts have progressed to the point where your vision is significantly impaired, consider surgery. Surgery is a proven method that restores vision. Furthermore, the operation is relatively painless.
In fact, cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed operations in the country. Nine out of 10 patients who undergo the procedure end up somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40 vision afterward.
If you suspect cataract surgery is your only option, contact Eye Care of Delaware to schedule a consultation. You can reach our offices at 302-454-8800. We’re awaiting your call today, so please don’t hesitate!