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CATARACTS

Cataract is a common eye disease. It refers to an area of the lens that has become opaque instead of remaining clear.
Cataracts usually develop slowly. It starts with blurred vision , spots and the impression that a film is covering the eyes. The result is that the person cannot see clearly. Imagine yourself trying to see through fog.
The lens through which light travels into the interior the iris, becomes opaque and obstructing entrance of light into the eye.
Cataracts isn't a painful disease but eventually it can lead to blindness. Fortunately, they can be caught early if you get your eyes checked regularly.

Cataract Symptoms

The first sign of cataract is blurred vision when the lens of the eye becomes clouded. As the disease progresses, the patient may get double vision or spots, or both. In the advanced stage, objects can appear as blobs of light, and there is a light grey discoloration in the pupil.
Cataracts are most often caused by overexposure to the sun or other types of radiation.

Other causes of cataract are:

  • Stress and strain
  • Injury
  • Excessive intake of alcoholic drinks
  • Sugar but it might do so only for people with diabetes
  • Salt
  • Heredity
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Physical ailments such as gastro-intestinal, gall-bladder disturbances, diabetes, fatty acid intolerance and ageing
  • Low calcium levels
  • reduction in vitamin C or B2
  • High blood sugar levels

PROTECTING YOUR VISION

Cataracts are one of those disorders that require surgery to correct but there are ways to delay the symptoms or even prevent them by taking proper care of yourself.

  • Cataracts - are the most common form of blindness in older people, and should not be ignored when beginning to develop.
  • Rest your eyes - Have a proper rest at night. Long hours of watching television will tire your eyes.
  • Sun protection - Wearing hats and the right kind of sunglasses will assist by blocking the sun's ultraviolet rays.
  • Vitamins - Some studies suggested that antioxidants, particularly vitamins A, B complex (B2 is very important!), C, E, selenium and zinc may reduce cataract risk, But check with your doctor if you want to use these vitamins for this purpose.
  • Nutrition - Maintain a good nutritious diet - avoid excess cholesterol, sorbitol (artificial sweetener), unsaturated fatty acids, and mercury tooth fillings (amalgam).
  • Smoking - If you smoke, Quit! - Cigarettes contribute to a number of oxidative processes in the body.


Herbal Remedies:

Pumpkin

The juice of the pumpkin flowers should be extracted and applied externally on the eyelids twice daily. It can stop further clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye.

Bilberry

This fruit contain high amounts of nutrients as antioxidants and anthocyanosides that can prevent clouding of the eyes. This is why these berries have a long tradition of use in improving the vision and protecting the eyes from disease.
Cranberries, blueberries and huckleberries are close relations to the Bilberries and contain the same beneficial nutrients.

Typical dosage: 2 or 3 standard capsules per day.

Chaparral

This Indian remedy was used to deal with conditions such as arthritis, colds, rheumatism, skin sores and wounds, urinary infections, tuberculosis and more. The chaparral herb also has strong anti-inflammatory properties and high antioxidant content.
Chaparral leaf and the twigs of the plant are used to make chaparral tea.
The tea can be taken internally or used as an eye wash.

Rosemary

A very common garden herb contains a few powerful antioxidants. It won’t heart to try even though there is no clear evidence to show it's effectiveness in cataracts prevention.
Tea - Steep 1 teaspoon of each of the dried herbs in 250 millitres of hot water for 15 minutes.

Typical dosage: Dr James A. Duke, author of "The Green Pharmacy", recommends one tea cup a day made from a blend of rosemary, carmine and lemon balm.

Honey

This is an ancient Egyptian remedy which has benefitted many patients.

Typical dosage: Place a drop of honey in the corner of each eye at night. This will help absorb the crystals.

Turmeric

This is another spice that is packed with antioxidants, especially the big three: vitamins A, C and E.

Almonds

Almonds as other nuts are helpful in treating cataract. Ground finely seven kernels and mixed with 1/2 a gram of black pepper in half a cup of water. Drink as is or add a little brown sugar to sweeten. This will help the eyes to regain their vigour.

Carrots

Carrots are high in vitamin C and are considered beneficial in the treatment of cataract. Eat plenty raw carrots on a daily basis or drink two glasses of fresh carrot juice, one in the morning and the other on the evening.

Aniseed

Aniseed may be beneficial as a remedy for cataract. Mix 6 grams of aniseed and 6 grams of coriander powder with one teaspoon of brown sugar.

Typical dosage: 12 grams in the morning and evening.

Curcumin

This spice has already been shown to prevent cataracts in animals.

Typical dosage: up to 1 teaspoon per day in food or up to three capsules a day of 250 to 500 milligrams or 10 to 30 drops of tincture up to three times per day.

Garlic

The use of garlic is another effective home remedy for cataract. Add two to three cloves to your daily diet. They should be chewed raw and slowly. Garlic will help to clean the crystalline lens of the eye.