Skooter reporting 04/13/12
The number of people undergoing cataract surgery last year was estimated around in the three million mark. Even though the high number of operations is impressive, there is still a risk for serious, potentially blinding complications from cataract eye surgery. The good news is that these incidents are becoming more and more rare, according to recent health news from a U.S. study.
Well everyone knows what a cataract is, but for those who didn’t know what this health condition is, it is a clouding of the eye's lens, usually caused when proteins in the lens start to mass as you age. To remove cataracts the most common type in the U.S. and perhaps throughout the globe is through surgical procedures. When there are complications after surgery, more serious symptoms can include inflammation in the eye, bleeding, and detachment of the retina (the light-sensing tissue in the back of your eye).
The U.S. research team study found that for every 1,000 Medicare patients who underwent cataract surgery in 2005 or 2006, four had at least one serious complication in the following year as compared to those recorded six years ago there were six for every 1000.
The research team considered other risk factors for complications including having other chronic health conditions and agreed on that people who had surgery in the mid-1990s were in fact 21% more likely to have a serious complication than those who've had surgery in recent years.
The research team brought to a close that cataract surgery is a safe surgical procedure with low risks of severe unfavorable events. They also observed that the safety profile of this procedure has continued to get better over the past decade.
One thing the researchers could not prove is why the improvement is happening, all the same they thought that it's likely due to technical advances in how cataract surgery is performed.
Nowadays, cataract removal is usually performed through a technique called "phacoemulsification." This procedure requires the surgeon to make a small opening in the eye's outer membrane. A tiny probe is then inserted. In a cleverly devised procedure, the probe emits sound waves that split up the lens. The lens can then be removed and replaced with an artificial lens.
This same course of action was also done in the 1990s. But improved equipment and instruments have set off a decline in severe complications, according to the research team. There are still some patients, though, who remain at a comparatively higher risk of complications from cataract surgery, so the decision to go ahead with the method is a personal one. So to consider that, here are five tips for preventing cataracts from forming in the first place:
1. Wear sunglasses 2. Have a little red wine
3. Eat some squash
4. Be like the British and put bilberry jam on your morning toast
5. Take a vitamin-C supplement