23.03.2012

Two surgical options for cataracts

Two surgical options for cataracts

By Adrian Galbreth

There are two options for curing cataracts, a doctor has underlined: extracapsular cataract extraction and intracapsular cataract extraction.

Doctor Anthony Komaroff of Harvard Medical School highlighted that cataract surgery improves vision in the vast majority of people who undergo the treatment.

He explains on News OK that in the extracapsular procedure, most of the cataract can be removed manually, or sound waves can be utilised to break the clouded lens into pieces which are then vacuumed out.

During the other procedure, however, both the lens and the lens capsule are removed.

The doctor does note, however, that it is best to take measures to avoid developing cataracts.

People can lower their risk by limiting the time they spend in bright sun and not smoking, while diabetics need to make an effort to controlling their blood sugar.

Symptoms of cataracts include blurry, cloudy or misty vision and small spots may also appear in the field of vision.

by Martin Burns


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