A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Cataracts
I had a question the other day about cataracts.
A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the lens of your eye that blocks the passage of light to your retina.
The retina is the nerve layer at the back of your eye.
The nerve cells in your retina detect light entering your eye and send nerve signals to your brain about what your eye sees.
Because cataracts block this light, they can cause vision problems.
Aging and exposure to sunlight can cause cataracts.
Changes in your eyes are often a normal part of aging.
But the changes don’t always lead to cataracts.
Cataracts can also happen after an eye injury, as a result of eye disease, after you use certain medicines, or as a result of health problems like diabetes.
Sometimes children are born with cataracts.
>You may have cloudy, fuzzy, or foggy vision.
>You may see glare from lamps or the sun. You may have trouble driving at night because of glare from car headlights.
>You may need frequent changes to your eyeglasses prescription.
>You may get double vision in one eye.
>Your near vision may improve for a short time if you get a cataract. This temporary improvement is called second sight.
The vision loss from a cataract often happens slowly and may never become severe.
Sometimes cataracts don’t cause any vision problems.
There is no proven way to prevent cataracts.
But, there are a number of things you can do that may help manage vision problems.
Keep your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription up to date.
Make sure you have plenty of lighting in your home.
Wear a hat or sunglasses when you’re in the sun.
Avoid sunlamps and tanning booths.
Eat healthy foods.
Keep diabetes under control.
To deal with cataracts it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily. Avoid fluoridated and chlorinated water. This is absolutely necessary in cataract prevention. Even water from deeply driven wells may not be safe, since many underground water sources, especially those located near or under farmland, are contaminated with toxic residue from farm runoff.
*Bilberry extract, taken orally, supplies bioflavonoids that help remove toxic chemicals from the retina of your eye.
*Ginkgo biloba improves microcapillary circulation. (Don’t take if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.)
*Increase your consumption of green leafy vegetables – especially collard greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, and turnip greens – legumes, and yellow vegetables. Also, flavonoid-rich berries – like blueberries and blackberries – cherries, and foods rich in vitamins E and C, like raw fruits and vegetables.
*Follow a low-glycemic-load diet. It can reduce the risk of cataracts by 77%. Such a diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and proteins (meat and vegetable sources). It has smaller amounts of whole grains, refined grains, and sugars.
*Avoid dairy products, saturated fats, and any fats or oils that have been subjected to heat, whether by cooking or processing. These foods promote formation of free radicals, which can damage the lens. Use cold-pressed vegetable oils only. Get calcium and vitamin D from other sources like soymilk or supplements.
*Avoid direct sunlight. Wear a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors, and protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses (polarized) that block ultraviolet rays. Make sure the sunglasses are large enough to adequately protect your eyes.
*If you have cataracts, avoid antihistamines.
*Eliminate toxic cosmetics, eye care, and personal care products.
*Eliminate toxic household and laundry cleaners.
*Eliminate poor air quality, which could be irritating.
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