Cataract

What Is Cataract?

Cataract is a painless medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque and therefore results in a blurred vision. It is commonly found in the elderly.

What Triggers Cataract?

  • Clumping of proteins that are present in the eye
  • Can be congenital (present at birth)
  • Increasing age
  • Illness with increased blood sugar levels as in diabetics
  • Family history of cataract
  • Smoking
  • Eye injury
  • Prolonged exposure to the eye

How Would You Know If You Have Cataract?

  • Common symptoms include blurred vision which may first appear at the night time during driving
  • Difficulty in reading
  • Colors may appear faded
  • Poor night vision
  • Opaque and milky white pupil
  • Frequent changes in prescription for eye glasses

What Should You Do In Case Cataract Worsens?

  • In case your symptoms persist for a longer while and you experience difficulty in your daily chores, make sure you consult an ophthalmologist
  • Your doctor may ask you for your medical and family history and perform an eye examination which may include visual acuity test and retinal test
  • You may be prescribed with a few eye drops or drugs. In severe cases, a surgery may also be recommended.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • When the cataract worsens and loss of vision interferes with the daily activities such as reading, watching TV or driving, the doctor shall suggest a surgery. It is the only treatment option for cataract.
  • To avoid worsening of your eyes, wear sunglasses during the peak hours.
  • In case you wear numbered glasses, make sure to be regular with them. Irregularity may worsen it.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Cataract?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms and to speed up your recovery:

1. Garlic

Ingredients: Garlic

Ways to Use:

Have two to three cloves of garlic everyday. It shall help to cleanse your eyes and keep away the chances of cataract.

2. Spinach (Palak)

Ingredients: Spinach Water

Ways to Use:

Chop and boil spinach in a glass of water for 10-15 minutes. Mash and crush the spinach leaves to make a fine paste and sieve the paste to extract the juice. Drink this juice 2-3 times a day for a month.

3. Almonds (Badam)

Ingredients: Almonds Balck pepper Honey

Ways to Use:

Crush 5-6 almonds (dipped in water). To the powder add a pinch of black pepper powder. Add a spoon of honey to make it tasty. Drink this once everyday.

4. Carrot

Ingredients: Carrot

Ways to Use:

You may add carrots to your daily bowl of salad. Or you may choose to enjoy a glass of fresh carrot juice everyday for healthy eyes.

So, go ahead and try these natural remedies for a healthy eyesight. However, as soon as you observe symptoms that may suggest of cataract make sure you see an ophthalmologist soon.

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