Home Medications and Cures for Cataract
Cataract is a common eye condition and not a disease. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging, making cataracts very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It cannot spread from one eye to the other. Cataract surgery is quite common and relatively simple surgery. The cloudy lens is replaced with an artificial lens.
Blurred vision and thereafter double vision, there is generally no pain or irritation associated with Cataracts.
The first sign of cataract is blurred vision, it is difficult to see things in focus. This is followed by double vision or spots, or sometimes both. At the advanced stage of Cataracts, objects and persons may appear simply as blobs of light. The pupil will have a greyish-white discoloration.
Deterioration in the nutrition of the lens. The main components of the lens are water and protein. Clouding occurs due to changes in these proteins and in the lens fibers.
Risk factors for cataract include:
- Stress and strain
- Smoking and alcohol consumption
- Certain physical ailments such as gastro-intestinal or gall-bladder disturbances
- Environmental conditions such as a prolonged exposure to sunlight
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Injury or trauma to the eye
- The use of steroids, diuretics or tranquilizers
- Natural ageing
Cataract treatment using Carrot:
The use of carrots is considered beneficial in the treatment of cataract. The patient should take plenty of raw carrots daily. As an alternative, he may drink two glasses of fresh carrot juice, one each in the morning and evening.
Cataract treatment using Garlic:
The use of garlic is another effective home remedy for cataract. Two or three cloves should be eaten raw daily. They should be chewed slowly. Garlic helps to clean the crystalline lens of the eye.
Cataract treatment using Pumpkin:
The flowers of pumpkin are valuable in cataract. The juice of these flowers should be extracted and applied externally on the eyelids twice daily. It will stop further clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye.
Cataract treatment using Aniseed
Aniseed is considered a useful remedy for cataract. An equal quantity of aniseed and coriander powder should be mixed with one teaspoon of brown sugar, and the mixture should be taken in doses of 12 gm in the morning and evening.
Cataract treatment using Honey:
The use of unprocessed pure honey is another effective remedy for cataract. A few drops of this honey should be put in the eyes. This is an ancient Egyptian remedy which has benefitted many patients.
Cataract treatment using Almonds:
Almonds are valuable in cataract. Seven kernels should be ground finely with half a gram of pepper (kali mirch) in half a cup of water, and drunk after sweetening the mixture with a teaspoon of sugar candy. It helps the eyes to regain their vigour.
Cataract treatment using Nutrients:
Certain nutrients have also been found useful in cataract. Experiments have shown that animals develop cataract if deprived of pantothenic acid and amino acids, and tryptophane and vitamin B6 needed for tryptophane assimilation. The diet of the cataract patient should, therefore, be high in vitamins B2 and B6, as well as the entire B complex group, pantothenic acid, vitamins C, D, E and other nutrients.
Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants. The antioxidants most clearly linked to cataract prevention are vitamins A, C, and E, and the mineral, selenium. Many studies show that as consumption of these antioxidants goes up, risk of cataracts goes down.
The patient should avoid white bread, sugar, cream, refined cereals, rice, boiled potatoes, puddings and pies, strong tea or coffee, alcoholic beverages, condiments, pickles, and sauces.
A warm-water enema should be given daily during the juice fast.
Epsom salts bath
An Epsom salts bath is beneficial and should be taken twice a week. The patient should remain in the bath from twenty-five to thirty-five minutes till he perspires freely. After the bath, he should cool off gradually. Eyes should he closed and bathed externally, at least, twice daily with hot water containing Epsom salts.
Do eye exercises
Eye exercises aimed at relaxing and strengthening of the eyes are also valuable in cataract.