Advice on home remedies for cataract

Cataract, one of the leading causes of blindness in both the developing and developed countries, is caused due to the cloudiness of the clear lens that is present in the human eye. The main function of the lens, located behind pupil, is to focus the incoming light on to the retina. The retina, in turn, forms the image of the object, and we are then able to see the object. Cataracts develop when lumps of protein gets deposited on the lens and make the clear lens cloudy. This impairs the quality of vision, based on the extent of the condition. If a small part of the lens is affected, it results in blurred vision. If the whole of the lens is affected, it may result in blindness.

The reasons for the protein layer formation have not yet been confirmed. However, researchers generally believe that ageing results in certain chemical changes in the lens of the eye, which eventually develops the protein layer. In addition to ageing, there are several risk factors for cataracts. Medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus result in the development of the condition known as secondary cataracts. Cataracts are also associated with inhaling corticosteroids. According to an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine, both nuclear and posterior subcapsular cataracts develop as a result of inhalation of corticosteroids. The other risk factors for cataracts include nutritional deficiencies, exposure to ultraviolet radiations, hereditary factors, eye injuries, exposure to radiations, smoking, and intake of alcohol.

Depending upon the extent of the condition, the treatments may vary. Small cataracts can be treated by certain drug therapies or home remedies. In case of large cataracts, the ophthalmologists may perform surgery to improve vision. Some of the natural cures that you can consider are to eat antioxidant-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, blueberries, raspberries, and cherries. Eating fish is another way to improve the condition. Carrots are a good source of beta carotene and are very helpful for the eyes.

Some of the home remedies you can try to improve the condition are as follows:

  • Add two teaspoons of honey and apple cider vinegar to a glass of distilled water. Drink every day after meals.
  • Apply few pure drops of honey to your eyes.
  • Extract juice of pumpkin flowers and apply on the external eyelids.
  • Eat a few pieces of garlic and cloves daily.
It is always advised to consult a specialist before trying out any of the above home remedies as these are not scientifically proven methods of treatment.



answered by G M

Cataract is a common eye disease accompanied by blurred vision. Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water and drink after meals, everyday. It reduces as well as prevents cataract growth. This might be attributed to the fact that apple cider vinegar is a good source of beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant. Anti oxidants are those which scavenge free radicals.

Try these easy home remedies:

  • 1 cup of rose petals+4 tbsp. of raspberry leaves+4 cups of boiling water. Leave for 30 minutes, strain and use as an eye wash.
  • The juice of pumpkin flowers can be applied on the eyelids twice a day.
  • Eat lots of carrots and other fresh vegetables and fruits.
  • A few drops of pure honey can be put in the eyes.
  • Garlic cleanses the eye lens. Eat 2-3 raw cloves everyday.

answered by r k

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