What Causes Cataracts?

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In the normal human eye, light rays travel into the eye through the pupil. They pass through the clear lens and focus onto the retina. In an eye with a cataract, light scatters throughout the eye instead of focusing precisely on the retina. Cataract as part of aging Though there are other risk factors for cataracts, aging is the most common cause. This is due …

Can using beauty products make a cataract worse?

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Question: Can wearing eye makeup, perfume, hairspray, nail polish or other beauty products worsen a pre-existing cortical cataract? I was recently diagnosed and I want to know which products to avoid that could make it worse. Answer: Most common beauty products are very unlikely to cause or worsen cataract if used properly. Products designed to be used on the eyelids …

June is Cataract Awareness Month

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Cataract is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. If not treated, it can lead to blindness. In addition, the longer cataracts are left untreated, the more difficult it can be to successfully remove the cataract and restore vision. During Cataract Awareness Month in June, we join the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public that early …

Can you prevent or slow the development of a mild cataract?

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Question: I am 67 years old and have had a diagnosis of mild cataracts. Is there any way to prevent or slow its development? Answer: Cataracts are a normal function of aging. If you live long enough, you will develop cataracts. That being said, there are a few things that can be done to delay some forms of cataract. Ultraviolet …

Vegetables and fruits can help prevent vision loss from cataracts

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Many Americans don’t eat enough fresh vegetables and fruits. Most of us know that these foods are important for avoiding heart disease, stroke and cancer. But did you know that regularly enjoying a piece of fruit and a side of vegetables can help prevent vision loss from cataracts? Studies from the United States, Japan and Sweden show that a diet …

Have you heard about the remarkable Tecnis Symfony lens for cataracts?

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The Tecnis Symfony provides a full range of continuous high-quality vision following cataract surgery When a person is diagnosed with cataracts, the treatment is to remove and replace the clouded lens with an intraocular lens or IOL. Advancements have led to new lenses that not only remove the cloudiness from cataracts, but actually help improve vision. This includes multi focal …

June is Cataract Awareness Month

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Cataract is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. It is a clouding of the eye’s lens which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye. Unlike many eye diseases, however, vision loss due to cataract can be restored. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States.  But if not …

New Cataract Surgery Using Stem Cells May Regenerate Eye Lens

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Babies born with cataracts may soon benefit from a new surgery that permits stem cells to regenerate eye lens and make it functional. After testing the treatment on animals and a small group of human subjects, researchers from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) found that the procedure entails fewer complications than the current method. The surgery also resulted in …

Dissolving Cataracts with Eye Drops Instead of Surgery?

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  The news has been buzzing with reports of a new eye drop that may one day allow for cataracts to be treated without surgery. But don’t cancel that cataract surgery consultation just yet. While this research may show initial promise, it has yet to be tested in humans or approved for patient use. Chinese and American scientists and ophthalmologists …

Cataracts Affect Sleep and Cognitive Function, Says Study

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If you’ve been feeling tired and sleepy during the day, maybe it’s time to get that cataract surgery you’ve been putting off. A recent study found that people with cataracts often experience poor sleep quality. Advanced cataracts can reduce the amount of light that reaches the retina in the back of the eye, and this may cause an abnormal circadian …

Dr. Pepose presents exciting news for patients with cataracts

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Almost all of us will develop cataracts as we age, because the eyes’ lenses become more opaque as we get older. Luckily, cataracts have become a “common” problem to rectify. In an outpatient procedure, we can replace your eye’s lens with an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). Today’s advances in medical technology allow us to correct both cataracts and astigmatism …

Cataract surgery lowers risk of falls

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The risk of falling increases with age for just about everyone. But with the poor vision that a cataract brings, that risk increases dramatically. A study of more than 400 Vietnamese people aged 50 or more with cataracts in both eyes looked at how many falls each person had before and after undergoing cataract surgery. In the year after surgery …

Cataract Surgery Patients Found to Live Longer

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A new study finds that those who have cataract surgery to correct visual impairment live longer than those who do not have the surgery. Previous studies have shown that older persons with cataract-related visual impairment likely have a greater mortality risk than their peers who have normal vision – and that cataract surgery might reduce that risk. New research from …

New Cataract Lens Approved

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A new intraocular lens implant just approved by the FDA corrects astigmatism and dramatically improves vision across the board in patients undergoing cataract surgery. Patients have significantly improved near, intermediate and distance vision—often without having to resort to glasses. “And if glasses are worn, they are low-power readers, worn more for comfort than for need,” says Dr. Jay Pepose of …