Cataracts, or the normal age-related Joseph Holbrook’s Lutazene Review clouding of the human lens, still remains the most common (curable) cause of blindness in third world countries today. Treating cataracts has been described in the most ancient manuscripts and scriptures of every recorded culture over the last several thousand years. Today, it is commonplace for patients to leave the surgery center and go out to lunch or dinner on the same day as their cataract surgery!
There are five advances which have allowed cataract surgeons and patients to enjoy such great success:First was the development and widespread use of the operating microscope, which allows a magnified view of the eye throughout the procedure. Prior to this, surgeons used either their naked eye or magnifying glasses.Second, was the development of microsurgical sutures, which are 1/3 the thickness of a human hair! Though we typically do not use sutures for most cataract procedures today, a decade ago, these small sutures allowed for much more comfortable postoperative healing period.
Third, was the discovery of a jelly substance called viscoelastic. This clear, removable material comes from two unusual sources: the fin of shark and the neck of a rooster! These materials are very well tolerated by the eye, easily removed, transparent, and allows the eye to maintain its round shape during surgery, serving to protect the delicate tissues inside the eye.