CataractsWhat are Cataracts?

Cataract is an eye disease that is primarily characterized by the opacity of the crystalline lens of the eye. The lens is where light travels through into the eye. It is located just right behind the iris, which is the coloured part of the eye.

In people who have cataract, the lens becomes opaque, which hinders the light from entering the eye. When no light rays enter the eye, blindness results.


What Causes Cataracts?

Basically, there are four known factors that contribute to the lens’ opacity. These are:

  • The lens no longer receive the right nutrition, making them deficient in nutrients, thereby weakening its vitality and resistance.
  • The fluid content of the lens diminishes.
  • Acid and salt deposits between lens fibres, which causes irritation to the eye. This in turn exerts much pressure on the on the lens’ fibres.
  • Clouding of the lens when the proper measures are not immediately applied.

Like with most other types of diseases, the diet also plays an important role. In fact, this has been said as the primary cause of cataract. Wrong types of diet can lead to very weak parts of the body, thus, toxic substances may be able to spread all over the body and lodge itself in those weak spots, including the lens.

Whenever the lens become weak due to stress and strain, excessive intake of sugar, alcoholic drinks, salt, as well as smoking. There are also certain intestinal ailments that could lead to the weakening of the lens. These include diabetes, vitamin deficiencies like that of Vitamin C. Other causes are ageing, fatty acid intolerance, radiation, and drug prescribed for treatment of other types of diseases.

There are specialists who say that cataract is primarily caused by poor nutrition. They even say that even those occurring in old age, has still something to do with nutrition. If nutrition is improved, there is a probability that cataracts could be prevented.


Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts

There are various symptoms that one should watch out for:

  • Blurred vision
  • Inability to focus sight on a particular object
  • Double vision or spots
  • Gradual increase in blindness
  • Vision is better during twilight than in full daylight. This is because during twilight, the pupil is more dilated.
  • Objects may appear as mere blobs of light. This usually develops in more advanced state of the disease.


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Cataracts

According to the medical system of today, the only way to get rid of deep-seated cataract is through a surgical operation. The patient would then be given glasses to aid him to see clearly after.

On the other hand, if the cataract is still in its early stages, then there is a very good chance of improving the disease by using natural means. In fact, even those advanced cases could still be prevented from worsening.

  • Cleanse system from toxic matters. The body will benefit really well if you fast for 3 – 4 days on purely water and orange juice. You may take a warm water enema as well. After this, you must have a strict healthy diet for 2 weeks. You may have breakfast consisting primarily of grapes or oranges or any other fruit that is in season. For lunch, raw vegetable salads with dressing consisting or olive oil and lemon juice, soaked raisins, figs, or dates must be taken. For dinner, you can have vegetables like fenugreek, spinach, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, and turnips, which are steamed in their own juices. You could also add some fruits like pears, grapes, and apples. A few nuts can help too. Do not take bread or any other food. After two weeks on this regimen, a much fuller diet can follow. A much fuller diet could have fresh fruits for breakfast, except for banana. For lunch, mixed raw vegetable salad would be ideal and should be eaten with wholemeal bread and butter. And for dinner, steamed vegetables with nuts and fresh fruit will be really good. No potatoes. These must be repeated after three months from the start of the treatment, after three months, the whole process must be repeated again as long as it is necessary.

The following foods must be avoided during treatment:

  • White bread
  • Sugar
  • Cream
  • Refine cereals
  • Rice
  • Boiled potatoes
  • Pies
  • Puddings
  • Strong coffee or tea
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Sauces
  • Pickles
  • Condiments
  • Any other food that are called as aids to digestion


More Diet Tips for Cataracts

Proper nutritional treatment. There has been a rise in evidences that show  there are cases where cataracts were actually reversed by adhering to the right nutritional treatment. It may take quite a long time like 6 months to 3 years.

  • The diet must include Vitamins B2, B6, B-complex, C, D, E, and pantothenic acid.
  • Take in about 6 grams of aniseed everyday in the morning and evening. You could also take brown sugar and equal amounts of aniseed and coriander powder. This mixture should be taken in doses of 12 grams, also in the morning and evening.
  • ½ gram of pepper and grinded 7 kernels of almonds mixed in water. You may also sweeten it with sugar. This mixture helps the eyes to regain vigour.
  • Adopt ways and means that would relax and strengthen the eyes. You could try moving your eyes in an up and down motion in a slow manner. You could also try moving them from side-to-side, as well as moving the neck in clockwise and anti-clockwise manner. Moving the shoulders in the same manner will be helpful too.
  • Take an Epsom salt bath twice a week. Each bath must last for 25 – 35 minutes. After the bath, patient must cool off gradually.
  • If cataract is caused by stress, a diet rich in Vitamins B, C, and E, along with protein will be beneficial. Pantothenic acid is essential too.
  • Avoid exposure to bright light and heat.
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