Natural Alternatives for Cataract Treatment Can Improve Vision and Preempt Surgery

September 5, 2014 | All Posts, Cataract Healing, Cataract Surgery, Cataract Treatment, Products, Uncategorized

Cataract surgery remains one of the most common eye surgeries. It’s an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia.

And while it is considered one of the safest procedures, there is still a 5% risk of a problem ? from losing one’s vision to losing the ability to drive, to infection and bleeding; even an increased risk of retinal detachment. Yet over 3 million people each year in the United States opt to undergo the knife and, to the tune of more than $5 billion annually.

While 99% of the surgeries are performed without the laser, ?traditional? cataract surgery (as it is known) is being challenged by technological advances with innovative surgeries that increase the accuracy and precision as well as the customization of the procedure.

Over 20 million Americans over the age of 40 reportedly have cataracts, and it is estimated that half of the people over 65 already have them or are candidates to develop them.

And now here come the baby boomers, the vain generation, keeping plastic surgeons busy with facelifts and tummy tucks. One look in the mirror and the thought of losing one of the most important of the senses ? sight ? begs the question: ?Should I have laser surgery? Where’s my phone??

Changing landscape

Surgery centers are springing up in malls everywhere as the industry shifts to higher tech more and more ophthalmologists are performing laser procedures. But Medicare hasn’t agreed to cover of the cost of laser surgery, and insurance companies watch what Medicare does or doesn’t do. As one ophthalmologist said: ?Medicare is concerned about the quality and the health of the eyes. They are not concerned about providing eyeglass correction.?

We believe that before considering surgery, you investigate a program of nutritional therapy. The results might eliminate having to consider the surgery question. In an age of instant gratification, many people don’t have the patience and just want their vision back as soon as possible. They don’t want to wait another four or six months, even if it means not having the surgery!

Healing vision naturally

Here are some testimonials: one from someone who had surgery and then showed improvement, and three others who avoided medical procedures because they were willing to explore natural solutions.

?I have serious problems with my eyes. I had cataract surgery two years ago and when they took off the patch I was blind in my eye. Scary situation. . . . I do traveling mobile notary after hours for three hospitals. My 11 p.m. notary last night was interesting as I could see better to drive at night without my glasses on.?
? J.W., Arizona

?My eyesight is not getting any worse. Colors are much brighter. At my last exam, I asked the doctor, ?What about my cataracts?’ ?Not bad for an 84-year-old,’ he said. I was so pleased. The last two exams before that they had recommended surgery.?
? E.D., Michigan

?My cataracts have more or less stabilized to the point that I’m not getting worse every three or four months like I used to.?
? L.F., California

?I am 72 and semi-retired. I had cataracts and was told I needed surgery. That was two years ago. Just had a vision check: no cataracts and 20/20 vision!?
? B.K., Washington

Botched surgeries

Caveat emptor is still the way of the world, so it is critical if you choose to have surgery that you do your research, both on the surgeon and the facility where the surgery is conducted.

At Musgrove Park Hospital in England, to help reduce a backlog, the bosses hired a private provider to conduct the surgeries and half of the people (31) who had the operation reported complications, including partial loss of sight, blurred vision and swelling. Normally, one in 400 experience complications, according to the hospital’s medical director. The contract was cancelled after four days and now there are lawsuits. Worse, those who wanted better vision instead found themselves suffering.

Preventing cataracts

According to ophthalmologist Gary Price Todd, a pioneering nutritional expert, it is easier to prevent a cataract than reverse one, and the growth of cataract progression can be slowed by nutritional supplementation. There are many different types of cataracts and many causes. They are not always or necessarily age-related although a nuclear cataract usually is associated with aging. Cataracts also may be caused by being deficient in vitamin E, vitamin C, as well as zinc, selenium and glutathione.

Oft-times people wait too long to start a nutritional program and then surgery becomes the only option. Even in this situation, though, one should consider the proper nutritional supplement before and after surgery. Why? ? Through three decades of working with patients, Dr. Todd learned that people on a nutritional program before they had surgery, healed three times faster than those who weren’t. They also had fewer complications from surgery.

Avoiding cataracts ? a check list

There are a host of things you can do to avoid cataracts. Some of them are:

Regular eye exams;

Exercising regularly (healthy body weight and blood pressure);

Eating healthy foods such as fruits and green leafy vegetables (diabetics are at greater risk of developing cataracts);

Replacing table salt with light salt with 50% less sodium;

Wearing sunglasses in excessive sunlight;

Giving up smoking;

Taking a multivitamin that has the antioxidants and trace minerals that you need to nourish your eyes.

Here is the formula that helped the four people above who gave testimony.

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