New Eye Drops Can Dissolve Cataracts With No Need For Surgery

  • metta

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    Jul 24, 2015 6:03 AM GMT
    New Eye Drops Can Dissolve Cataracts With No Need For Surgery


    http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/these-eye-drops-shrunk-cataracts-dogs
  • FRE0

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    Jul 24, 2015 7:22 AM GMT
    metta8 saidNew Eye Drops Can Dissolve Cataracts With No Need For Surgery


    http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/these-eye-drops-shrunk-cataracts-dogs


    According to the article, the cataracts are likely to return if the drops are discontinued. Moreover, I would be concerned that if the drops were continued over a long period of time, damage could occur.

    It appears that the cataracts are not dissolved but instead made more transparent. Considering the temporary nature of the results, it is unclear just how useful the drops are.
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    Jul 24, 2015 6:19 PM GMT
    Let's see some action on the front against macular degeneration!
  • FRE0

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    Jul 24, 2015 6:45 PM GMT
    MGINSD saidLet's see some action on the front against macular degeneration!


    You mean macular regeneration.
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    Jul 24, 2015 7:40 PM GMT
    FRE0 said
    MGINSD saidLet's see some action on the front against macular degeneration!


    You mean macular regeneration.


    No, that you DON'T want to be against.
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    Jul 25, 2015 3:57 PM GMT
    Yeah, I'll wait for the genetic surgery. Where they program proteins to target cataract cells and eliminate them on contact. I've got plenty of time for them to perfect the technique though, the future is looking bright!

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    Jul 25, 2015 9:13 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    FRE0 said
    It appears that the cataracts are not dissolved but instead made more transparent. Considering the temporary nature of the results, it is unclear just how useful the drops are.

    Very well said.

    + 1

    Yes, "dissolved" may be a misnomer.
  • FRE0

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    Jul 25, 2015 10:20 PM GMT
    Incidentally, I had cataract surgery in 1995 and 1996. Because of chronically recurring iritis I had premature cataracts. On the right eye the surgery was totally painless; on the left eye, the pain didn't amount to much. The results were excellent. If I had not had it done when I did, I'd have had to stop driving at night. I'm told that since then the procedure has improved to the extent that your eye need never be covered; when I had it done, it had to be covered for a day if I correctly recall.

    So, if you need cataract surgery, don't worry about it as long as it is done in a good hospital by a good doctor. In any case, have it done as soon as the cataracts become a problem; there is no reason to put it off. The first symptom is likely to be an inability to see when there is glare; it's like looking through a dirty windshield where you might not notice it much unless you are looking into light. It very gradually becomes worse.
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    Jul 26, 2015 4:45 AM GMT
    FRE0 said
    Incidentally, I had cataract surgery in 1995 and 1996. Because of chronically recurring iritis I had premature cataracts. On the right eye the surgery was totally painless; on the left eye, the pain didn't amount to much. The results were excellent. If I had not had it done when I did, I'd have had to stop driving at night. I'm told that since then the procedure has improved to the extent that your eye need never be covered; when I had it done, it had to be covered for a day if I correctly recall.

    So, if you need cataract surgery, don't worry about it as long as it is done in a good hospital by a good doctor. In any case, have it done as soon as the cataracts become a problem; there is no reason to put it off. The first symptom is likely to be an inability to see when there is glare; it's like looking through a dirty windshield where you might not notice it much unless you are looking into light. It very gradually becomes worse.

    Yes, that's a good analogy. You also see a halo around individual lights at night. I'm getting cataracts now, but not far enough along to warrant surgery.

    My husband (SB Alert) had surgery in both eyes, each about 3 years apart. Which is not unusual, and how my own cataracts are developing - one eye gets worse first.

    He needed bifocals, but the replacement lenses were corrective. He's now 20/20 for distant vision, only needs reading glasses for certain close tasks.

    For that reason I can't wait for my own cataract surgery. Like yours, his went very easily.