The Lens Of The Eye:
Cataracts create a tremendous financial burden on our society. Among U.S. Medicare recipients, cataract surgery is the most common major surgical procedure, costing $600,000 each year. Cataracts can be classified by location and appearance of the lens opacities, by cause or significant contributing factor, and by age of onset. Many factors may cause or contribute to the progression of lens opacity, including; ocular disease, injury, or surgery; systemic disease (e.g., diabetes mellitus, galactosemia); exposure to toxins, radiation, or ultraviolet and near-ultraviolet light; and hereditary disease. The lens of the eye is, obviously, a vital component of the visual system due to its ability to focus light (via changes in shape while maintaining transparency. Unfortunately, this transparency decreases with age. The majority of people over sixty years of age display some degree of cataract formation. With normal aging there is a progressive increase in size, weight, and density of the lens, but although cataracts are common they should not be considered normal.
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In cataract formation, the normal protective mechanisms are unable to prevent free-radical damage totally. The lens, like many other tissues of the body, is dependant on adequate levels and activities of the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione (GSH) and adequate levels of the accessory antioxidants vitamins E and C and selenium to aid in preventing free-radical damage. Individuals with higher dietary intakes of vitamins C and E, selenium, and carotenes have a much lower risk of developing cataracts.
The power of Vitamin C:
Several clinical studies have demonstrated that vitamin C supplementation can halt cataract progression and, in some cases, significantly improve vision. For example, in one study conducted in 1939, 450 patients with cataracts were placed on a nutritional program that included 1 gram of vitamin C per day, which resulted in a significant reduction in cataract development. Though similar patients had previously required surgery within four years, among the vitamin-C-treated patients only a small number required surgery. During the eleven-year period of the study, most of the vitamin-C-treated patients showed no evidence that the cataracts progressed.
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