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Ive been doing some research on reducing cataracts. For years

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I've been doing some research on reducing cataracts. For years (10+) in Russia and elsewhere cataracts have been treated with N-acetylcanosine. What can you tell me about its effectiveness?

Although not FDA approved one of the ways it is for sale in US is by not having N-ace... an listed as an active ingredient. Maybe a good way to ask the question is Based on research does it seem to be utilized effectively outside the US for cataract reduction?

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Mark

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

There have been no drug treatments found, using prospective, randomized, controlled studies, that have been effective in reducing cataract formation or eliminating cataracts once they have formed. I have heard about some of the studies you are referring to and, when the data are closely examined, the treatment effects have not held up.

Dr. Rick :

Since surgery is so successful in treating cataracts, with an excellent risk/benefit ratio, any other treatment has a steep hill to climb in order to be as safe and effective as this "gold standard"

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Does this make sense to you?

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Customer:

In terms of surgery option is there a significant difference between Phacoemulsification and extracapsular cataract extraction?

Dr. Rick :

Phaco is a form of extracapsular cataract extraction (ecce). In the "old fashioned" ECCE the lens is taken out in one large lump, like squeezing a seed out of a grape. This requires a large incision in the eye. In Phace, the lens is "ground up" with an ultrasonic needle and removed in small chunks. This allows a very small incision in the eye, hence faster healing and quicker vision recovery

Dr. Rick :

Phaco is the normal way cataracts are removed nowadays

Dr. Rick :

both old fashioned ECCE and phaco result in excellent post op vision, all other things being equal.

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