Ask the Doctor:
Ella Faktorovich, M.D.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Q: Only one proven treatment for cataracts?
When the lens inside our eye becomes cloudy or yellow, it is called a cataract. Symptoms
of early cataracts may include blurry vision, glare at night, faded colors and the need to
increase light when reading at night. Assess how much your vision bothers you. If you would
like to improve your vision, the only treatment for cataracts proven to be effective is
cataract removal followed by a placement of a new, clear lens. Sophisticated lenses are now
available to help patients see better without glasses after cataract removal.
Q: How can I treat painful dryness caused by wearing contact lenses?
Often referred to as dry eye syndrome, this is caused by reduced production of tears and
moisture in the eyes. The result is discomfort in the eyes that ranges from moderate pain
to a grainy and scratchy discomfort. Factors that cause dry eyes include excessive computer
use, hormonal changes in women approaching menopause, certain medications, environmental
factors such as pollution or dry windy air and contact lens wear, which is the leading
cause. To know the specific causes of your dry eyes, you should consult an eye doctor;
however, your options may include tear duct plugs which will limit loss of tear film, use
of artificial tears or an alternative to contacts such as eyeglasses or LASIK.
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Ella G. Faktorovich, M.D., is a corneal and refractive surgeon in San Francisco and founder
of the Pacific Vision Institute. Go to
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