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Except that this will have been something that many people could feasibly have done on their own had they known about it in time. Regarding risks, it would be easy enough to warn people not to look directly at the sun, regardless of what they might read in some of the older literature. The other commonly cited risk is that a more serious eye condition could go undetected or untreated due to faith in natural methods. However, that is moot if you come for an eye exam and nothing out of the ordinary is found. Like I said, I don't seriously expect this to happen, but I think it should be standard for eye doctors to inform people who are just beginning to "need glasses" about this option, with the caveat that there is no guarantee that it will work, and let them do their own research and make their own decision.
if the above is true, and accurately encompasses the consensus of the medical community on this treatment, why would doctors recommend it?
Have there been any properly controlled studies that have shown it works? No. Is anything stopping someone from doing such a study now? No. Until that study is done and replicated successfully, as well as being deemed safe, it would be incredibly irresponsible for practitioners to tell their patients about this. Not sure what else to say about this. The science doesn't seem to back up this method.
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