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Eyedrops a flawed substitute for cataract surgery

Eyedrops a flawed substitute for cataract surgery

Every medical therapy must weigh both risks and benefits ("Genetics study points towards eyedrop cataract treatment," July 22). While eye drop therapy to treat cataracts sounds enticing, I am not sure its use is worth the potential development costs and risks. Although no person wants surgery, cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed operations in the United States. Recent advances have made it routine and incredibly effective with a 98 percent success rate. There are many potential problems if one is to begin using these drops at a young age in eyes that have no disease. The first is that even our most popular and commonly-used eyedrops can cause red eyes, lash...