What are cataracts?
Cataracts occur when the lens inside the eye becomes clouded. Cataracts cause difficulty with vision and frequently occur in older people more than 50 percent of those who reach 80 years old have had a cataract. Cataracts can develop in one or both eyes but they do not spread from one eye to the other.
What causes cataracts?
Over time proteins and cells build up on the lens of the eye causing the cloudy mass to form. The exact cause depends on the type of cataract. There are four types of cataract. The first, age-related cataracts, are simply the result of aging. Congenital cataracts are found in babies and children due to infections or developmental problems. Secondary cataracts are the result of other diseases such as diabetes or exposure to toxins. Finally, traumatic cataracts are the result of eye injuries.
How are cataracts treated?
Cataract removal is an ‘outpatient’ surgery that results in 20/40 corrected vision or better for 90% of patients. The most common type of cataract removal treatment today uses laser to break up the cataract followed by aspiration to suck all the pieces out of the lens. Typically, patients must wear an eye patch for 24 hours after surgery but are largely unhindered after that.
What natural treatments are there for cataracts?
The best thing you can do naturally is to take preventative measures. Primarily, making sure your diet is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin E that come from fruits and vegetables. This will help enzymes in the eye to break down protein buildup.
For those who have already developed cataracts some natural remedies have been found to dissolve the cataracts such as pascalite bentonite clay, cineraria maritime juice, and a handful of homeopathies.
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