You may have heard that cataract surgery is one of the marvels of modern medicine. Its safety and ability to improve sight has really improved. But some researchers are beginning to question the surgery’s safety. In fact, some suggest it could significantly increase your risk for macular degeneration and other eye problems.
Several studies have shown that there’s an association between cataract surgery and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). One study in particular looked at the 10-year incidence of AMD after cataract surgery. The researchers found that just having cataracts can increase your risk for early AMD. They also found that the surgery increases your risk of late AMD after 10 years.
What’s more, there’s growing evidence that cataract surgery can cause diabetic retinopathy to progress more rapidly. While none of these studies are conclusive, they’re casting a shadow on a procedure that has helped a lot of people see better.
If you have cataracts, you may not have any choice. Surgery might be your only option. But you need to be aware of the risks.
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If you don’t have cataracts, it’s vital you do everything you can to prevent cataracts from forming. And a new study suggests that vitamin C can help you prevent cataracts. This was an interesting study because it looked at more than 1,000 pairs of 60-year-old British female twins. That’s a very specific and narrow group of participants, which gives the results more credibility. The researchers looked at the twins’ intake of vitamin C from their diet and found that those who took the highest amounts of vitamin C had a one-third lower risk of cataracts over 10 years.
Those are impressive results and show just how important this vitamin is in keeping your eyes healthy. Obviously, the lesson is to eat as many vitamin C-rich foods as you can. But I wouldn’t stop there. If you’re taking a multivitamin, such as Healthy Resolve , you’re getting 1,200 mg of vitamin C a day. This is a good maintenance dose. If you need more, I recommend liposomal vitamin C, such Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C, which you can find on Amazon.
With that said, I wouldn’t rely on just vitamin C to protect your eyes. I suggest taking a complete eye-health formula, such as Advanced Vision Formula. It has 125 mg of additional vitamin C, plus other great nutrients that can help your body prevent cataracts from forming in the first place.
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Steve Kroening, ND
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