Cateracts!

Lamont D

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Well, my flabber has well and truly been gasted!
I was perusing YouTube about the best way to halt my small cataract getting worse, and I came across a doctor from the states advising five tips to treat oxidation of the eyes which causes cataracts.
1. Stop smoking! (Normal!)
2. Protect your eyes from direct sunlight! (Seriously, what sun?)
3. Stop eating sugar! Any sugar! Anything containing sugar!
4. Stop eating grains and starchy vegetables! Hang on!............... A doctor who is actually advising no carbs as such!
5. The best bit, which I never thought I would hear .........ever! Stop using vegetable oils!!!!!!!

He then said anything that causes oxidation, or glycaemic loads. Is not good for our health!

Trying to find his take on diabetes! Bumped into a few herbal or vegan or smoothie remedies!!!!!
Dr. KenDBerry.

Best wishes.
 

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Well, my flabber has well and truly been gasted!
I was perusing YouTube about the best way to halt my small cataract getting worse, and I came across a doctor from the states advising five tips to treat oxidation of the eyes which causes cataracts.

He then said anything that causes oxidation, or glycaemic loads. Is not good for our health!

Trying to find his take on diabetes! Bumped into a few herbal or vegan or smoothie remedies!!!!!
Dr. KenDBerry.

Best wishes.

I am so glad Dr Berry talks sense (aka I agree with him) because with his accent I think I'd listen to anything he had to say.

Interesting stuff about cataracts though, from an unscientific collection of anecdata I was working on the theory that getting them was almost inevitable, it's nice to read that there is some hope of swerving, or delaying, them.
 

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Had slight cataracts early last year I could still see well with glasses but I was advised to have them operated on, I had bothe done simple operation and I can now see perfectly with no glasses, I would advise anybody to have surgery but to have the best lenses, not having to wear glasses for the first time for 35 years is great
 

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I’m 59 years of age and have cataracts have been referred for op , my optician told me that diabetics are definitely more susceptible to cataracts at an earlier age .
 

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Had slight cataracts early last year I could still see well with glasses but I was advised to have them operated on, I had bothe done simple operation and I can now see perfectly with no glasses, I would advise anybody to have surgery but to have the best lenses, not having to wear glasses for the first time for 35 years is great

Just checking (before searching).
If you have cataracts removed do you then have to wear contact lenses?
 

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That depends what type lenses you have mono lense just near or far distance , dual near and far distance or triple near, far and middle distance, I had triple lance which also cured my stigma in one eye, if you just have mono you may need contact lenses or glasses if you already have them
 

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https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cataract-surgery/

This doesn't paint a particularly attractive picture of the results.
However it does answer my initial question.
The lens in the eye (which is cloudy) is replaced with a clear plastic lens.
This is permanent, not like a contact lens which you put in and take out.

Most of the description assumes much worse eyesight than I have at the moment, with only mild cataracts.
 

Doddy1974

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I have been dx with cataracts - I had no idea that as a diabetic I was more at risk. I have been told they are right in the middle of my eye. Optician won’t refer me yet but my eyesight is driving me insane. I have had my new glasses remade because everything is blurry - surely my eyesight can’t change that much in the week between eye test and picking up new glasses!
 
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LittleGreyCat

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I have been dx with cataracts - I had no idea that as a diabetic I was more at risk. I have been told they are right in the middle of my eye. Optician won’t refer me yet but my eyesight is driving me insane. I have had my new glasses remade because everything is blurry - surely my eyesight can’t change that much in the week between eye test and picking up new glasses!

Your eyesight can change rapidly (often temporarily) if your BG control is changing.
 

JohnEGreen

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You can now get lens inserts that are prescription and act as a permanent contact lens they are very expensive I believe.
NHS would only fund the removal of one cataract and will have to be referred again when the other requires removal.
 
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Geordie_P

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Just as an aside in case it helps anyone, my diabetic dad (77 years old) just had his cataracts done; it was pretty straightforward, he didn't find it unpleasant, and he's doing fine now. Hopefully everyone else getting it done has a similar experience!
 
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I had cataract surgery ten years ago and yes it was straight forward and painless, but I had both eyes done within a couple of months my optician found them and referred me.
But all isn’t plain and simple after surgery your new lenses are made of plastic and when the sun shines it bounces off your lenses and causes glare.You can’t see it is blinding so you need sunglasses with you at all times even on sunny days in winter I was only person walking around in winter sunglasses on.K
 

Lamont D

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I had cataract surgery ten years ago and yes it was straight forward and painless, but I had both eyes done within a couple of months my optician found them and referred me.
But all isn’t plain and simple after surgery your new lenses are made of plastic and when the sun shines it bounces off your lenses and causes glare.You can’t see it is blinding so you need sunglasses with you at all times even on sunny days in winter I was only person walking around in winter sunglasses on.K
Bet you look cool!
 

Granny_grump_

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Hi Vince01 You can book an appointment with your Optician who will refer you to hospital they make the decision on what and when you need treatment. Good luck nothing to worry about straight forward op pain free Good Luck K
 
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Specsavers advised me to add tinted lenses to my new glasses
Hi Southbeds That’s the best thing has even on bright days glare effects your vision, I stopped driving about 3 years ago I just didn’t feel confident enough to drive with the glare making driving very difficult. It was like someone flashing a light in your eyes has you’re driving along I just didn’t feel safe driving so I stopped.
But not a problem for me my husband and I are long retired so he drives, better for everyone really I’ve had Ractolight lenses they help when walking around on bright or sunny days but not when your driving the light changes to quickly .
and ordinary sunglasses wear sometimes too dark vision.K
 
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I’m 59 years of age and have cataracts have been referred for op , my optician told me that diabetics are definitely more susceptible to cataracts at an earlier age .
That's borne out by my mother's experience at the age of 51 in 1971. She had cataracts in both eyes and the ophthalmologist said to her "You're young to have cataracts. Do you have diabetes in your family?"
"Only my second son" (me!)
I'm now 13 years older than she was and have the onset of cataracts.
Happy New Year to one of the most positive people on the forum!