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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, October 2, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb My hus- band has a cataract which has completely covered one eve. The other eye is starting a cataract also. Our eye doctor said his eye is ready to have it removed. We have heard there is more than one way to have a cataract removed. Could you give us more infor- mation on this, or tell us where we could get it? My husband saw a doctor on CBS television who performed a cataract operation on a man and 24 hours later the man was playing a musical instrument. He wasn't wear- ing glasses either. Is this possible? Dear Reader Yes, there is more than one way to have a cataract removed. A cataract is a gradual harden- ing and clouding of the lens. The lens sits behind the pupil and is a rounded gelatinous body. When you are young and it is normal you can change the focus of the eye by chang- ing the shape of the lens. There is a muscular band around its edge which contracts or relaxes to com- press and thicken the lens or allow it to expand and become thinner. The change helps to focus light rays at the back of the eye so you can see things. The loss of elasticity and the clouding of the lens makes it difficult for light to be tran- smitted or for the lens to focus properly. Cataract surgery is designed to remove the hardened cloudy lens. The standard procedure is to cut a slit over the front of the eye and shell out the lens. The in- cision through the front of the eye must be big enough to slip out the hard lens. The newer technique was developed by Dr. Charles Kelman at the New York Medical College. He did the first one in 1967. Using an ul- trasonic probe the hardened lens is broken up and liquified. It is literally sucked or wash- ed out of the capsule encasing the hard lens. The big difference is that it takes a needle-point size hole to do the surgery, a puncture only about one-tenth of an inch long. The results have been ex- cellent with the ultrasonic method. There is no agreement, though, that it is better. True, patients can go home the first day. BUT that old idea you had to stay in the hospital and not move after standard cataract surgery may not be true either. Dr. Miles A. Galin, also of New York Medical College, has sent patients home the same day of standard cataract sur- gery for some time. He found no difference in his patient's results whether they were in the hospital only hours after surgery or had to stay 10 days. He allowed his patients to go home and do what their vision permitted them to do. However, it probably does make a difference how well the surgery goes in deciding who can do this. It points out, though, that it may not be necessary to be disabled a prolonged time with either technique. Now, when specialists debate the merits obviously you can't outguess them. The best thing to do is let your opthalmologist help you. He knows all about this and your special conditions. For many reasons some patients cannot be treated with the ultrasonic technique. He also knows the availability of the various procedures for you. You are already in contact then with the right source to get the best information that can be applied to your special case. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this new- spaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on cholesterol, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for the "Cholesterol" booklet. Flashback TODAY IN HISTORY Oct. 2, 1974 Much of the far northern territory of Canada was formed into the districts of Mackenzie, Yukon, Ungava and Franklin 79 years ago in 1895 and placed under control of the Saskatchewan government: Yukon became a territory in 1897. The remaining area was divided into the districts of Mackenzie, Keewatin and Franklin in 1918. 1187 Saladin entered Jerusalem. 1798 Cherokees signed a treaty of safe passage through Cumberland Gap. Goran on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN Trihrat Both vulnerable. North deals. NORTH VQJ74 AKJ WEST EAST 4KJ10832 962 99 10843 4J1084 SOUTH 7 V AK10853 752 A65 The bidding: North East South West 1 1 49 Pass Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Ace of Often, there are alternate methods of playing ,1 con- tracl. and it is declarer's task to select one thai offers !he besl chance of making 'he desired number of tricks. Sometimes the bidding or play will yield enough valu- able Hups to make the selec- tion of I he winning Hne even Sincc North's major suij was hardly biddable, he Heeled to open the bidding in his lower three card minor. After East's overcaii. Souih opird OU DIRECT MB TO THE BANK IN THIS FINE TOWN? OVER HI AND LOIS HE'S YOU EVER DOLLARS IN KICKAP00 ;