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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.
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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In terms of surgery option is there a significant difference between Phacoemulsification and extracapsular cataract extraction?
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
Phaco is the normal way cataracts are removed nowadays
both old fashioned ECCE and phaco result in excellent post op vision, all other things being equal.
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