Cataracts Surgery Billings MT

As light passes through the lens of the eye, proteins in the lens are unavoidably subjected to damage by free radicals. These damaged proteins change from crystal clear to cloudy and over time can create dark regions in the lens known as cataracts. Read on to find more information.

Daniel Throop Weaver, MD
2825 8th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1981

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James Thomas Priddy, MD
1232 N 30th St
Billings, MT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1980

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Deborah Gott Keenum, MD
(715) 838-2219
2825 8th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1990

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Dr.Daniel Weaver
(406) 238-2500
2825 8th Avenue North
Billings, MT
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M
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1981
Speciality
Ophthalmologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Scott J Morledge Hampton, MD
2475 Village Ln
Billings, MT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 2000

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Mohammad Karbassi, MD
(406) 238-2500
2825 8th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Languages
Persian (Farsi)
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Big Horn County Mem Hosp, Hardin, Mt; St Vincent Hosp & Health Ctr, Billings, Mt
Group Practice: Deaconess Billings Clinic

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James Edward Threatt, MD
(406) 259-1155
907 Broadwater Sq
Billings, MT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Deaconess Billings Clinic, Billings, Mt

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Michael Henry Power, MD
(406) 256-6000
1232 N 30th St
Billings, MT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1990

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Thomas Jerome Miller, MD
(406) 248-7136
945 Broadwater Sq
Billings, MT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1959
Hospital
Hospital: St Vincent Hosp & Health Ctr, Billings, Mt

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Brian Albert Lagreca, MD
2475 Village Ln
Billings, MT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1987

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Ask the Doctor—Are There Any Nutritional Ways to Prevent Cataracts?

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By Terry Grossman, MD,

Q Are there any nutritional ways to prevent cataracts?

As light passes through the lens of the eye, proteins in the lens are unavoidably subjected to damage by free radicals. These damaged proteins change from crystal clear to cloudy and over time can create dark regions in the lens known as cataracts.

The body is able to prevent free-radical damage by transforming the toxic free radicals into harmless compounds through the use of three built-in antioxidant enzymes: catalase, superoxide dismutase, and glutathione peroxidase, all of which normally are found within the lens itself. However, a small percentage still escapes neutralization and can lead to lens damage and cataract formation.

In addition to the antioxidant enzymes, the body utilizes dietary vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients as another line of defense to neutralize free-radical damage. Italian researchers established an association between diet and cataract risk 40 years ago when they found that people who consumed higher amounts of meat, cheese, cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli, kale, and cauliflower), spinach, tomatoes, peppers, citrus fruit, and melon needed cataract surgery less often. Increased risk occurred among people who consumed higher amounts of butter, total fat, and salt. They also found that using olive oil and eating spinach appeared to protect against cataract formation, while eating carrots did not.

Several more recent studies have looked at the relationship between nutritional supplementation and cataract risk. The most notable are highlighted below.

• The Lens Opacities Case-Control Study in 1991 followed 1,380 patients and found that “regular use of multi-vitamin supplements decreased risk” of cataract formation. Individual nutrients such as vitamins B1, B2, B3, C, and E; carotene; and iron reduced risk individually as did supplemental combinations of vitamins C and E and carotene.

• The Beaver Dam Eye Study from Wisconsin followed 1,354 patients from 1988 to 1995. Antioxidant intake was determined from a food questionnaire. People who consumed the highest amount of the bioflavonoid lutein—found in green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale as well as yellow foods such as squash and egg yolks—had 50 percent fewer cataracts compared with people who consumed the least lutein.

• The US Male Health Professionals’ Study followed 36,644 men between 45 and 75 years of age beginning in 1986 and found that men with a higher lutein intake had a 19 percent decreased rate of cataract surgery.

• The Blue Mountain Eye Study from Australia found that “long-term use of multivitamins, B group, and vitamin A supplements was associated with reduced prevalence of either nuclear or cortical cataracts.” Folate and vitamin B12 supplementation was also found to be useful.

• The Nurses’ Health Study from Boston found that vitamin C intake was associated with a 64 percent decreased cataract risk among women who used vitamin C for ...

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