Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Do I Deal With Cataracts That are Too Small for Surgery?

Friday, 11 June 2010 04:49 PM

Question: What would you recommend to dissolve cataracts? I have them, but they are not big enough to have surgery, which I am scared to death of. I recently saw my optometrist and she told me there is no change in my vision from a year ago.
Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
There is no treatment available that will dissolve senile cataracts. Do not waste your money on topical treatments that will drain your wallet, leaving you a victim once again. The only effective treatment for cataracts at present is surgical removal and lens replacement. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who are experts in cataract management and can offer removal of cataracts when necessary. Not all cataracts require removal. Ophthalmologists are the only surgical specialists you should consult regarding your cataracts.
Be sure to alert your general medical doctor to your visual dilemma, as some conditions are associated with premature formation of cataracts, and some degree of prevention or control may be possible by addressing undiagnosed underlying medical conditions.

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