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Cataracts

 

This is the clouding of the lens in the eye. Normally the lens is clear this is not a film over the lens.

What to look
If you are seeing halos around lights, double or triple vision in one eye only, sudden improvement in near vision, hazy vision, disturbing glare from automobile headlights or blinding because of bright sunlight. Poor vision at night; difficulty in noticing movements, details, or objects.

in an advanced case, a milky white or unclear appearance to the normally transparent lens of the eye a very advanced case is a painful inflammation and pressure within the eye.  The job of the lens in your eye is to focus light so that it makes it possible for the eye to see objects clearly at various distances. The eye has no blood supply of its own, because of this when the eye is damaged it cannot form new cells and respond by becoming unclear, forming a cataract. The cataract causes a gradual and painless loss of vision.

however this disease may be common but it is actually one of the less serious eye disorders there is, in most cases surgery can restore the lost sight.

Causes

Usually it is caused by aging, and if this is the case, the centre on the lens is normally affected first there will be vision for several years until the whole lens is affected by the cataract. While in the womb an injury or a disease can causes a person to be born with cataracts Exposure to bright sunlight, air pollution , heavy alcohol consumption, vitamin deficiencies and cigarette smoke can react with the protein in the lens and create cataracts earlier then usual. As well as a low level of calcium in the blood can cause this disorder. If there is a sudden increases in blood sugar levels in young people it can then result in the clouding of the lens.

When your doctor shines a pen-light on to your pupil it may detect the cataract. Your ophthalmologist can use special instruments and techniques that will identify the precise character, location and extent.

Dietary Considerations

Most recommended is a diet high in fruits and vegetables that contains antioxidants include beta carotene, selenium, vitamins C and E in your diet. Spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, citrus fruits, and carrots is very good for your eye sight. Consult your doctor for the right diet.

When to seek further professional advice

If you develop any of the symptoms above.

Alternative Treatment

Antioxidants may protect the lens against damage caused by free radicals. Dark leafy greens, orange and yellow vegetables, vitamins A and C, and beta-carotene are good sources of antioxidants. Dark berries, particularly blueberries, may also help protect the lens. 

Glutathionine supplements may protect against UV light; selenium supplements also help keep glutathionine in its active form 

Vitamin E may also protect the lens against free radical damage.

 

Traditional Treatment

It is best that you visit an optometrist who will be able to diagnose the cataract and give you the best advice how to relief the pain at this stage the only helpful treatment for cataract is surgery. one of the most successful operations is cataract surgery. The person is usually under local anaesthesia and is on an outpatient basis, this operation is fast, safe and nearly painless. The best thing you can do to prevent cataract development is to avoid bright sunlight and by wearing sunglasses that filter out U V B. wearing dark sunglasses can increase you risk, because your pupils widen to adjust to the decreased light, and exposing your eye to more of the dangerous U V B radiation.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-18