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My wife has been told by her optician that she has the beginnings

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My wife has been told by her optician that she has the beginnings of a cateract but it should be left as it is too early to treat. Is this correct ?.

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Cataracts in very early stage can be left alone for sometime ( which may vary from months to years ). The decision to operate on a cataract depends on its level of maturity or density, the deterioration in vision, co-existing eye and systemic diseases if any. If her vision is still good enough ( with / without glasses ) then she can wait for the cataract to become more dense. Once the vision starts reducing with glasses , it indicates that the cataract has become more dense and can be taken for surgery . This is the time when you need to consult an ophthalmologist for further treatment.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Do you have an opinion on L-Carsonine eye drops ?

Thank you for the reply.

L-Carnosine eye drops are anti-oxidant eye drops which are marketed for reversal of cataracts . Unfortunately these are only experimental drugs and in the actual scenario cannot change the effects of cataract . In senile cataract there are certain age related changes occuring in the natural lens which begin to reduce its transparency and eventually to an opaque lens , thus making surgery necessary for its treatment. Anti-oxidants will not be able to revert any of these changes which have already begun in a cataractous lens. In my opinion these eye drops will not be beneficial. You may as well wait and go for regular follow up say once in 6 months to know the status of the cataract and further management.

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