Cataract - Treatment There is no medical cure for...

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Cataract Prevention Although cataracts have no scientifically proven prevention, it is sometimes said that wearing ultraviolet- protecting sunglasses may slow the development of cataracts. Regular intake of antioxidants (such as vitamin A, C and E) is theoretically helpful, but taking them as a supplement has been shown to have no benefit. The less well known antioxidant N-acetylcarnosine has been shown in randomized controlled clinical trials to treat cataracts, and can be expected to prevent their formation by similar mechanisms. N- acetylcarnosine is a proposed treatment for other ocular disorders that are instigated, or exacerbated by oxidative stress including glaucoma, retinal degeneration, corneal disorders, and ocular inflammation.
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Unformatted text preview: Treatment There is no medical cure for cataracts. In early stages tinted glasses may be prescribed to prevent the dazzle (halos) caused by bright lights. Good illumination from above and behind aids reading. Surgery to remove cataracts is safe and very effective. It is the most common non-emergency operation performed in elderly people. 110,000 cataract operations are performed in the UK every year on the NHS. Surgery is performed under local anaesthetic using microsurgical techniques. The lens is quartered and removed through a small incision in its capsule. Following removal, a new lens which corrects a patients vision is replaced into the empty capsule....
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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