As the leading cause of vision loss, cataracts aren’t something to take lightly. Primarily prevalent in individuals over the age of 40, cataracts are typically caused when the eye starts to age— causing the lens of the eye to lose clarity. If you or a loved one think that you may have cataracts, you may consider searching to the internet or Google. You may find a variety of information there, some of which may be incorrect or misleading. To help you decipher between fact and fiction, we have created a brief guide that dispels three common myths surrounding cataracts. Read on to learn more.
Myth 1: They Can Be Cured
Unfortunately for all parties involved, the biggest myth about cataracts is that there is a cure. However, doctors are still on the lookout for a cure for this normal age related change. The good news is cataracts can easily be treated and they can be prevented from worsening. There are excellent surgical solutions for cataract that result in restoration of vision.
Myth 2: They Can Be Reversed
Similar to cataracts being cured, there is a myth stating that cataracts can be reversed. Unfortunately, that is also false. Cataract formation cannot be reversed. Cataracts can be surgically removed and replaced with intraocular lens implants.
Myth 3: Eye Drops Can Dissolve Cataracts
In a perfect world, there would be some magical pill or eyedrop for anything— including dissolving cataracts. However, the FDA hasn’t yet approved an eyedrop to dissolve cataracts or get rid of them. So, if you meet someone who says they have eyedrops that can dissolve your cataracts, you know to run the other way.
Weeding through the misinformation on the internet can feel like a full-time job. Luckily, by dispelling the three myths above, you can hopefully feel more informed about cataracts. To learn more about cataracts or how to treat them, contact Dr. David Aizuss today to schedule an appointment!