Your Cataract Eye Treatment Plan
24.5 Million Americans age 40+ have cataracts1.
At 65, 90% of Americans will experience this common ailment2.
What you will notice:
• A decrease in the clarity of vision that is not correctable with glasses
• Colors that appear faded or washed out • Sensitivity to light, glare, and halos around lights
• Frequent changes to eyeglass prescriptions
• Problems with depth perception and judging distances accurately, like with the height of a step or depth of a bathtub. An optometrist or ophthalmologist will be able to diagnose a cataract during an eye examination. Dr. Bonnin uses a Slit Lamp Microscope – so no dilation is needed!
What is a cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the lens of your eye. As you age, proteins in your lens begin to break down and the lens becomes cloudy. You may not even realize you have a cataract because it usually grows very slowly and may not impede vision early on.
While cataracts are rarely dangerous, after a number of years they will likely block vision, requiring corrective surgery. A cataract is not caused by overuse of your eyes and it does not travel from one eye to the other.
Although there is no way to prevent cataracts from forming, there is some evidence that protecting your eyes from ultraviolet light3 may prevent or slow the progression of a cataract.
What Causes a Cataract?
• Most Cataracts Are Age-related
• Some Cataracts are caused either by medications (most commonly prednisone or other corticosteroids) or disease, like diabetes. Cataracts are 10 times more common in diabetic patients than in the general population.
Other contributing factors:
- Heavy drinking
- High blood pressure o Previous eye injuries
- Family history
- Too much UV light (sun) exposure
- Exposure to radiation from x-rays and cancer treatments
When a cataract gets to the point where it obstructs vision and constitutes a safety issue, it can be removed by routine surgery.
To slow down a cataract or even prevent cataracts from forming, Dr Bonnin recommends:
• Cataract Cineraria Eye Drops containing Eyebright®, an extremely effective formula for relieving dry, red, tired eyes. Don’t like drops? No worries. Substitute sublingual pellets that dissolve quickly and easily under your tongue.
• Total Ocular Function Oral Absorption Spray supplies vitamins for your eyes and contains 14 concentrated, powerful ingredients for eye health. The oral spray gets the vitamins into your system 5 times faster than tablets.
NOTES: 1 National Institute of Health 2 Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan 3 See Dr Bonnin’s Sun Protection Guide
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