Home remedies for cataract and glaucoma
The experience of having cataracts can be likened to looking at the world through fogged up glasses the lenses become all blurred and vision is impaired
That is essentially what cataracts are – the clouding of the eye’s natural lenses. The lens is the part of the eye which lies behind the iris and the pupil and, much like a camera lens, it focuses light onto the retina at the back of the eye and adjusts the eye’s focus – allowing us to see both long and short distance.
Made of water and protein, the lens is a clear structure that allows light to pass through it. But as we age, or as a result of injury or illness, some of the protein in the lens begins to clump together and the result is a clouding effect in a small area of the lens. This is called a cataract, and over time, it may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it more and more difficult to see.
Cataracts are a clouding of the eye lens that causes blur vision, inability to focus and is progressive and painless. The cataract becomes thicker with time until it blinds the eye, this is the number one cause of blindness in the world. The most common type of cataract is senile cataract which means that affects people 65 and older. This type of cataract is caused by free radicals that damage the lens.
- Other eye defects. The major factors leading to opacity of the lens are : stagnation of the fluid current in the lens due to blood condition; deterioration in the nutrition of the lens which reduces the vitality and resistance of the delicate lens fibers; formation of the deposits between the lens fibers of acids and salts which irritate the lens tissues and exert an increasing pressure on its delicate fibers and destroys them slowly; disintegration of the lens fibers that cloud the entire lens if proper precautions are not taken.
- Poisons in the blood due to faulty diet and wrong style of living. The toxins spread throughout the body to deposit themselves in the available weak spots. The lens is affected if it has become weak through excessive strain, excessive use of eye and local irritation. As the time passes, the situation worsens, resulting in a formation of cataract.
- Stress and strain
- Excessive consumption of alcohol
- Sugar and salt
- Certain diseases like gastrointestinal or gallbladder problems, diabetes, vitamin C deficiency, fatty acid intolerance, radiation and side effects of medications
- Poor nutrition is the prime cause of all types of cataract including senile or aging cataract
- Cataract is one of the most difficult conditions to cure. Nothing except surgery can cure it. But if your cataract is in the early stage, using natural means will definitely eliminate the problem. It will also prevent the worsening of the problem.
Home Remedies & tips for Cataract
- Prepare a mixture of equal proportions of aniseed powder and coriander seed powder. Mix it with an equal weight of unrefined sugar. Take it in doses of 12 grams every
morning and evening. It is beneficial for people with cataract. For people with weak eyesight, taking a mixture of the juices of raw parsley and carrots in a glassful amount every day will provide great benefits.
- Mix 1 cup of rose petals. 4 tbsp. of raspberry leaves. 4 cups of boiling water.
Let the ingredients rest for 30 minutes, strain and use as the eyewash.
- Use Eyebright herb in drops is excellent for cataracts, this plant can be used internally and is much more effective than commercial eye drops and safer.
- Immerse almonds in milk and keep them overnight. In the morning, mix this milk with sandalwood. Apply this to the eyelids. This reduces redness of the eyes due to exertion.
- Eat spinach and take Lutein or spinach extract Contains carotenoid needed for retina and eye tissue sometimes reversing cataracts.
- Vitamin A is very necessary for healthy vision.
- Dusty Miller used to dissolve cataracts and corneal opacities if used in the early stages of the disease.
- Take Ginkgo biloba increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the eye and it clears toxins.
- Eat lots of green vegetables, especially spinach, kale and berries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries and fruits rich in Vitamin C and E.
- Avoid dairy products and saturated fats these produce free radicals which cause cataracts and damage to the lens.
- Do not use any antihistamines if you have cataracts.
- Bilberry Strengthens and protects veins and blood vessels, protects the retina, reduces pressure in glaucoma and can stop the growth of cataracts.
Author: Dr. Izharul Hasan