Drops of cataracts - is there any effect?

April 29, 2014

 drops from cataracts
 On the Internet you can find lots of material on eye drops and other medications to help prevent or cure cataracts - a common disease, which affects more than half of people over eighty years. Do the eye drops from cataracts in reality? According to the scientific data available today, it is no drug that can prevent the development of cataracts or cure it. The search for drugs is complicated by the fact that the exact cause of the disease is still unknown.

According to one theory, this may be to blame the impact of free radicals and possibly a drop of cataract with antioxidants - is the prevention of future violations. So far, however, the only guaranteed reliable way to cure cataracts is surgery. But, of course, there are eye drops, which are already used and which are intended to be used only for the prevention of cataract, as well as drugs that are used after surgery to remove the eye lens.


Homeopathic eye drops for the treatment of cataracts

It should be treated with homeopathic remedies obviously skeptical. Due to low doses of active substances medicines used in homeopathy, in most cases harmless, but they should not have high expectations, especially when it comes to diseases that can lead to vision loss. If you notice that you have deteriorating eyesight, first of all, consult your doctor. Homeopathic remedies can be used in addition to the treatment that he will appoint and, preferably, with his approval.

For the treatment of cataracts in homeopathy Homeopathy - the placebo effect in the service of medicine?  Homeopathy - the placebo effect in the service of medicine?
   apply eye drops, the main active component of which is ashy ragwort (Senecio cineraria), which contains substances that improve blood circulation in the tissues of the eye. The composition of droplets includes a number of other components. These drops are considered safe for children and pregnant women, they do not cause a burning sensation, and can be used in contact lens wearers. According to available information, they have not yet been revealed any side effects. Proponents of homeopathy claim that the substances, which are part of Araneus ashen, stimulate the flow of oxygen and other necessary substances to the lens of the eye, as well as contribute to the removal of toxins and prevent the harmful effects of free radicals on the structure of the eye. Due to this, the development of cataracts is slowing sharply, and surgery to remove the lens can be postponed for a few years, or even avoid it.


Vitamins for eye cataract

Currently cataract Cataracts - how to solve the problem completely?  Cataracts - how to solve the problem completely?
   is the most common cause of visual impairment in middle-aged and elderly. If it was found effective means to prevent it, it would improve the quality of life of millions of people, and also save huge amounts of money that are now all over the world spent on cataract surgery. In addition, the operation does not allow to recover eyesight How to restore vision - help their own eyes  How to restore vision - help their own eyes
   in full, so the effective prevention would be far preferable. Currently, researchers are paying great attention to the possibility of using vitamins (in the form of eye drops, and in the form of conventional food additives) as an agent for preventing cataract.

Vitamin C - arguably the most famous and popular antioxidant - in a fairly high concentration is present in the tissues of the eye lens. It is known that it is able to mitigate the negative effects of free radicals on the body tissue, but has not yet been found that it can greatly affect the development of cataracts. These studies are contradictory: in some of them the subjects who used supplements or vitamin drops, cataracts develop slowly, but other studies gave very different results. Much the same is true of vitamin E - one more antioxidants, which scientists had high hopes. The currently available data do not permit definitive conclusions about what this vitamin can prevent cataract disease or slow its progression.

Omega-3 and lutein, according to research, when they may slow down the development of cataract, it is only to a small extent. At the moment, the most effective way to prevent or slow the development of cataracts is a lifestyle change - plenty of drink (this is necessary to avoid dehydration), smoking cessation, nutrition and eye protection from UV radiation.


Drops for eyes with cataract with n-acetylcarnosine

Was carried out for several years, studies have yielded encouraging results - n-acetylcarnosine, perhaps in the near future will be used as a means for the prevention and even treatment of cataracts. The average age of study participants was 65 years, and each of them has one or other stage in the development of cataracts. Results for the six months of treatment with eye drops n-acetylcarnosine:

  • In 88.9% of the patients returned to normal sensitivity to light (for cataract, it often increases, causing some problems with vision in very bright light);
  • At 41.5% significantly increased the transparency of the eye lens;
  • In 90% of patients improved visual acuity;
  • Among patients receiving placebo, the vision has not changed or deteriorated.

People who continued to take a drop of n-acetylcarnosine within 24 months, the results were maintained or improved. For the duration of the investigation of serious side effects have been identified.

It should be noted that this study was conducted with the participation of a relatively small number of subjects, and to better understand how n-acetylcarnosine affect the processes associated with the development of cataracts, more research is needed.


Eye drops after cataract surgery

After surgery to remove the lens of the eye drops are usually prescribed with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory substances. Antibiotics are needed to prevent infection after surgery. It is interesting that so far there had been no investigation, during which it would be proved that they really reduce the risk of infections. The fact that the intraocular infection in such cases are rare - one patient at 1500-3000. To show that antibiotics affect the probability of infection after surgery, it is necessary to conduct a study with the participation of several tens or even hundreds of thousands of people suffering from cataracts, half of whom were given instead of antibiotics to placebo Placebo - an effective tool for self-hypnosis  Placebo - an effective tool for self-hypnosis
 . Of course, neither the surgeons nor the patients would be willing to take risks and be provided on the use of antibiotics after surgery on the eyes. Although infection after removal of the lens are rare, if they develop, their consequences can be very serious - until vision loss if the patient does not receive timely treatment.

Anti-inflammatory eye drops also help to prevent some post-operative complications such as cystoid macular edema.

Eyedrops cortisone or other steroid anti-inflammatory components, effectively reduces inflammation, but approximately 10% of patients with prolonged use cause an increase in intraocular pressure. Therefore, they usually take no more than two or three weeks in a row. In addition to these frequently used with non-steroidal anti-drop agents - they are safer and can be used for up to six weeks after surgery.

Often, patients with a prescription for eye drops give a special calendar where they can celebrate during medication - it increases the likelihood that the patient will receive the drops as often as needed.

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