Cataracts are relatively common, with over five and a half million cases of cataracts presently in the United States and 400,000 cases diagnosed each year. That’s 45 new cases of cataracts every hour, every year.
Natural Medical Solutions for Cataracts
Trudy was surprised to find out that she had cataracts. She was telling her eye doctor about some blurriness and difficulty seeing at night that she had noticed only recently, and he discovered that she had cataracts. She was told to “wait until she had more trouble seeing” and then have cataract surgery. Instead, she came to see us and learned what could be done naturally to prevent further damage to her lenses.
What are Cataracts and what are the Symptoms?
Cataracts are cloudy areas in the lens of the eye that can affect vision. Having to see through cataracts can make everything appear to be cloudy. Symptoms might not appear for awhile, depending on where the cataracts occur. When they do, they may just appear as slightly blurred vision, problems with glare at night, double vision, or sensitivity to light. When cataracts progress, they can actually make the eyes appear milky or cloudy.
What are the Causes of Cataracts?
Cataracts can be caused by a variety of things, including aging and injuries to the eye. Sun exposure has also been linked to developing cloudy lenses. Some forms of cataracts tend to strike older people, while others can hit anyone, at any age.
What are the Natural Remedies for Cataracts?
Avoiding bright light, or wearing sunglasses if you do have to go out in bright light, is a must. Like many eye diseases, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Patients at risk for developing cataracts should see an eye doctor regularly for check-ups. Some supplements contribute to eye health, and can help stall the formation of cataracts. And some supplements can help prevent or control cataracts. Also, many other diseases can contribute to cataracts, so controlling them and staying in good health with diet and exercise is important.
What Dietary Factors I Typically Recommend?
- Avoid dairy. Lactose can destroy the vitamin C and glutathione in the lens of the eye, contributing to cataract formation.
- Avoid sugars and sweet foods, since these can contribute to hyperglycemia, another condition that can wreak havoc on the delicate blood vessels of the eyes and cause a host of vision problems.
- Eat a lot of highly pigmented fruits and vegetables. These contain large amounts of antioxidants, which contribute greatly to eye health and protect the blood vessels in the eyes.
- Consuming a high fiber diet while reducing cholesterol intake can help to avoid arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, and damage to the tiny capillaries inside of the eyes. This allows eyes to stay healthy and well-nourished.
Supplements I Typically Recommend
A number of supplements may be beneficial to help prevent cataracts:
- Vitamin C in high doses in the liposomal form (higher absorption) can help combat the loss of vitamin C in the eye’s lens, and avoid cataract formation. I ask patients to use 3,000-6,000 milligrams a day, in divided doses, decreasing the dose if the bowels become loose.
- Glutathione can help reverse some of the damage to the lenses. I use Readisorb Glutathione, a highly absorbable form – 1 tsp once a day.
- Bilberry is packed with antioxidants. It can protect vision since it has very high levels of potent natural anthocyanidins that protect the tiny, delicate blood vessels in the eyes.
- Cineraria maritima drops, a homeopathic treatment for eyes, in eye drop form, can be useful at treating or preventing cataracts.
- N-acetylcarnosine eye drops are also a key part of treating and preventing cataracts. This topically-applied nutrient is one of the most important for preventing cataracts, and the eye drops ensure that it is delivered directly where it’s needed.
- Various traditional Chinese herbal medicine patent remedies, like Yi Qi Cong Ming Tang and Zi Shen Ming Mu Tang, have also been shown to have an effect on cataracts. While modern science is often slow to demonstrate exactly how they work, they have a long history of use and efficacy.
- A strong Antioxidant supplement is important not only for protecting the eyes, but for protecting the fragile capillaries inside of the eyes from oxidative damage. It will contribute to general eye health and prevent cataracts.
- Lutein is another antioxidant, found in green vegetables, that may help prevent or slow the spread of cataracts and promote overall eye health.
- Homeopathic treatments like Calcarea Phosphoricum 6X and Silicea 6X have shown some efficacy against cataracts as well. Exactly how homeopathic treatments work is not yet well understood; the idea of “like treating like” has been applied to virtually every type of medical condition, with a degree of success and no side effects in these low potencies.
Other Important Treatments
- Controlling stress with meditation or yoga is important for promoting healthy blood pressure and a good circulatory system (both important for cataract prevention and treatment).
- Cardio exercises are also important, since these help ensure that the fragile capillaries inside of the eyes get all of the healthy, nutrient- and antioxidant-rich blood that they can. I suggest a minimum of 30 minutes a day of fast walking, bicycling or any other exercise that brings the heart rate up enough to cause a mild shortness of breath.
Please let us know how this program has worked for you: