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My spouse has been diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes although

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My spouse has been diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes although it seems to affect only one eye at this time. Surgery has been recommended but I am less enthusiastic about it having read about less than successful surgeries and botched operations.
I have seen a number of ads for eye drops that claim to have beneficial and in some cases regular use has lead to cure...by dissolving the cataract...
I am looking for an opinion from an eye doctor who has expereince with both surgery and treatment with drops of cataracts.
What are the risks of both treatment methods?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.

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Cataract surgery is, actually, fairly safe with a very low complication rate in experienced hand. I really wouldn't worry about the "horror stories" you read on the internet about it.

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As far as drops that will cure or dissolve a cataract that is a bunch of BS. There is no such thing. The only benefit you will get from purchasing these drops, diet plans, exercises ect is that your wallet will be lighter and easier to carry around :)

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Every single one of those claims are a scam.

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If her vision is not good enough to do the things she wants to do, and her cataracts have been found to be the cause, I would encourage her to have the cataract removed.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
You can call me a sceptic if you wish, but you are saying that "every single one is a scam" and I want to know on what you base that all emcompassing statement.
There are several horror stories in the answer archive of this service regarding botched cataract operations and those speak as least as loud as your claim of scam.
I have no doubt that the surgery is generally safe when performed by competent people, but your answer does not at this point give me enough confidence without more info on your claim of scam.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.
On 20 years of clinical practice and answering this question over and over again over the last two decades.

Also, it is physiologically impossible for a topical drop to penetrate inside the eyeball, then through the capsular bag and then "dissolve or clarify" the fibers of the lens. It just can't happen.

I can understand your desire to find an alternative to cataract surgery for your wife and, to this end, go ahead and purchase the cataract dissolving drops. Hopefully they will not do any harm (who knows what is in them) and then you will see for yourself that they will not do any good.

I have done thousands of cataract surgeries during the first part of my career as an ophthalmologist and I never once had a vision threatening complication like the ones you seem to have read about on the internet. I would not hesitate to have my wife, parents or family members have a visually significant cataract removed surgically as I know it is a very safe procedure.

Even though my answer was not quite what you were hoping for, please understand that my priority was to provide you with the most honest information. With that in consideration, I hope that you found my answer useful. Please click the positive feedback button so that I receive credit for my time.

I wish the very best for you wife.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hello:
I will not post a negative comment about your answer, but your answer does indicate that you do not know what is in the drops. I respect the efforts and tremendous dedication that a doctor makes to beocme a professional in his field and I applaud your years of success but I will conitnue to try to find a safer alternative prior to surgery.
The drops may do nothing more tha confirm that surgery is the best path.....but you have admitted you do not know what is in them.
I would encourage you to read in the archives of this service more than what I would have expected and consider ctataract horror stories.
Thank you.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.
My pleasure. Best of luck to you and your wife.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.
Actually, if the drops work, I would love to hear back from you.....I'm always open to learning new things :-)
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I will confirm one way or the other..
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.
Thanks!

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