Are there any treatments for cataract?

Cataract may be caused by the natural ageing process or may be the result of uncontrolled diabetes, eye trauma or exposure to German measles during foetal development. The lens in the eye becomes clouded and vision is impaired to varying degrees. IF vision is severely impaired, then surgery should be considered. Otherwise natural remedies are known to have benefit for cataract.

Some nutrients to incorporate into your diet include:

  • Antioxidants: These restrict and help heal damage to the lens. Colourful vegetables and fruit such as leafy greens, carrots, blueberries and other red and yellow vegetables possess antioxidants in abundance. You can also supplement with Vitamins E and C.
  • Glutathionine: Supplements containing this substance help protect against UV radiation. Selenium helps with the absorption of glutathionine. A vegetable cocktail juice can be made up consisting of carrots, spinach and tomatoes. You can also grill or steam these vegetables and eat them that way. They are rich in beta carotenoids which help prevent the formation of cataract.
  • Gingko Biloba and Bilberry are said to be beneficial for cataract. In addition to these measures, always protect your eyes from UV radiation. Wear sunglasses that offer both UV-A and UV-B protection. Avoid heavy drinking and try not to smoke as they increase free radical damage.

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