In 1998, The World Health Report estimated that there were 19.34 million people who were bilaterally blind (less than 3/60 in the better eye) from age-related cataracts. The report revealed that the number of blind people in the world and the proportion due to cataract is increasing due to population growth and increased longevity.
When it comes to surgically removing the cataracts, the term ‘operable’ cataract is used to define a cataract where the patient and the surgeon agree to proceed with cataract surgery.
The number of Americans over the age of 40 affected by cataracts is a staggering 20.5 million and half of all those over the age of 80 suffer from cataracts. It is estimated that the amount spent on cataract operations in the United States is 1.34 million dollars per annum.
[the_ad id=”908″]There are approximately 3 million Americans operated on each year for cataracts and this surgery is the most common eye surgery performed. For the most part cataract surgery proceeds as planned and there are no complications, but what are the risks and what happens when things don’t turn out the way we expect them to?
Like any other surgery there are risks with cataract surgery. Of course there are inherent risks with any procedure that is surgical.
1. Endophthalmitis occurs when what is known as an intraocular infection develops. Signs of endophthalmitis include excessive eye redness, pain, light sensitivity, and worsening vision. Often the patient feels fairly comfortable on the first day or so after surgery, but then worsen in terms of pain, vision, and light sensitivity several days later. It is vital to see your ophthalmologist if you experience any of these symptoms for treatment of the infection. At times, antibiotics can be injected into the eye to stop the spread of the infection or in some cases another surgery is required.
2. After cataract surgery, inflammation can sometimes cause retinal blood vessels to leak fluid, which accumulates in the macula, or the center of the retina, causing decreased central vision. This swelling is referred to as “cystoid macular edema”. When vision is affected by macular edema, the ophthalmologist may recommend a specialized test, or treat the condition with topical steroid eye drops or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drops to help quiet the inflammation, often improving the condition over weeks or months.
3. A retinal detachment could occur if vitreous fluid passes through a fine tear in the retina, allowing it to separate abnormally from the back wall of the eye. A retinal detachment may cause a curtain across part or all of the vision of the eye. Cataract surgery increases the risk of retinal detachment and after surgery, retinal detachments occur in approximately 1.5% of patients. Contact your ophthalmologist immediately if you develop a curtain blocking the vision, flashes of light like lightening streaks, or new floating spots in your vision. These symptoms can sometimes signal a retinal detachment.
4. In some circumstances, lens material can fall in to the back cavity (vitreous cavity) of the eye. Small pieces of posteriorly dislocated lens material are well tolerated by the eye without problems however when larger pieces are dislocated, it may be necessary to have a second surgery, called a vitrectomy, to remove the lens material.
5. Finally it can be mentioned that infrequently during cataract surgery, acute bleeding can occur in the choroid, which is the delicate pattern of blood vessels underlying and nourishing the retina. Although this complication, called “choroidal hemorrhage” is more common among elderly patients, it is truly unpredictable. In some cases of choroidal hemorrhage, the bleeding is localized, and patients do well. In more severe cases of choroidal hemorrhage, visual loss can be substantial.
What About Non-Surgical Intervention?
Other than prevention, supplements have been found by many to offer a remarkable treatment for the improvement and reversal of the formation of cataracts to a noticeable degree. Much research has been conducted in Russia by Dr. Babizhayev and his team noted for their discovery and testing of N-acetylcarnosine found in NAC Eye Drops. Carnosine is a remarkable anti-oxidant that acts to protect cells from the stress caused by free-radicals and to reverse cloudiness caused by cataracts.
If you wish to protect your eyesight or see a reversal of your cataract condition, AntiAgingCentral sells NAC Eye Drops, based on Dr. Babizhayev’s formula. Only NAC contains the precise formulations of N-Acetylcarnosine and other key ingredients hailed to be an alternative to surgery. It is recommended to use for a period of 3 to 5 months, although benefits are noticeable after only one month. It may also be of benefit to continue use on an ongoing basis so as to maintain the anti-oxidant defenses of the eyes.