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    Today's Health at 6: Conquering cataracts

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- In time, everyone develops cataracts, but there are ways to stall the on-set and procedures to help you see clearly again.

    Cataract removal surgery is the most commonly performed outpatient procedure in the world.

    "Since I'd worn glasses since I was 9-years-old, and contacts in my teens, I had always considered what the doctors did for my eyesight, miraculous. That piece of plastic was fabulous," explains Mary Wildgen of Little Rock.

    But one day, Wildgen noticed those once miraculous contacts that helped her see clearly all those years, weren't doing the job anymore.

    "Each month I'd go back and say, I'm still, I'm not seeing clearly," she says. "And he would change the prescription. I could see clearly again for a week or two. And It was just a progression in a couple months time."

    On the advice of a neighbor, Wildgen went to the eye doctor again, and was told this time, the problem was something no pair of glasses or contact lens could fix. She had cataracts.

    "And then I saw Dr. Wiggins, got it fixed, and it's been fabulous," admits Wildgen.

    Wildgen isn't alone. According to UAMS Professor of Opthalmology Doctor Michael Wiggins, cataract surgery is the most common outpatient procedure in the world.

    "It's a one-time solution," says Dr. Wiggins.

    Wildgen had her cataract surgery about 10 years ago, and says she sees better than ever before. But Dr. Wiggins says after the procedure, it takes about a month to totally heal and see the full benefits.

    The best ways to delay the development of cataracts, according to Dr. Wiggins, are to wear sunglasses outdoors and not smoke.






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