HomeHealth How to Cure Cataract Blindness With Eye Drops
How to Cure Cataract Blindness With Eye Drops
Written by Steve Kroening
Friday, 23 February 2007
Cataract surgery has come a long way in recent years. It’s come so far that most people in this country who develop cataracts don’t go blind. But that’s not true in many developing countries.
In fact, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Cataracts form when the lens of the eye clouds. Cataract surgery removes the lens and replaces it with an implant. Some opt for using glasses instead of the implant. Either way, vision is close to normal after the surgery. And now, medical missionaries may have a new way to give hope to the blind in places where surgery is not an option.
This new treatment is a special eye drop that chemically displaces the cataract rather than surgically remove it. The drops are made out an injected pancreatic enzyme, which dissolves the small fibers that hold the lens in place. It injected drops displace the cloudy lens just below the pupil. At that point, the patient can use glasses to see normally.
Dr. Louis Girard, an 82-year-old former professor and chairman of ophthalmology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, says the eye drops definitely work. He also said it will become the simplest and most inexpensive way of curing cataract blindness. In fact, the therapy costs just $3 per person.
Currently, the eye drop has to be injected into the eye, so it has to be administered by an ophthalmologist. However, Girard is hoping to make it into a drop or ointment that can be administered by any health professional, including nurses and social assistants.
While surgery is still the most effective way to restore eyesight, it’s possible the day may come when submitting to surgery is a last resort. And this treatment holds great promise for medical missionaries who have been frustrated by cataract-induced blindness.
Next week, I’ll show you how a different eye-drop treatment can reverse early cataracts. It doesn’t require an injection. And you can do it in your own home.