The lens at the front of the eye, along with the hair and nails, has no blood supply. It extracts its oxygen directly from the atmosphere to maintain its well-being. Half of all of us after the age of 65 years will struggle with opacity or clouding of the lens. The symptoms are blurred vision, seeing things through a fog, scattering of sunlight or car headlights at night and a change in your perception of colour. If the cataract is not arrested it can lead to blindness, generally repairable by surgical procedure.
Cataracts develop at varying speeds and can be associated with certain disease processes. Diabetes and malnutrition can lead to earlier and speedier development of cataracts.
Once a cataract has set in, it is difficult to remove it medically; however, the following recommendations can, and do, slow down the progress.
Any problem with the eye must be checked by your GP and, if necessary, an ophthalmic specialist.
Antioxidant therapy, particularly beta-carotene and vitamins C and E, helps to prevent the oxidation process and the worsening of cataracts. These can be found in yellow, orange or dark green vegetables or can be taken in specific amounts depending on your size and age. Discuss it with a complementary medical practitioner .
The homeopathic remedy Immature cataract 200 should be taken as three doses, one each night, every two months.
Once a cataract has set in, several homeopathic remedies may be indicated, depending on the symptoms, and a consultation with a homeopath is warranted.
There is an Ayurvedic concoction by the name of Triphalat that is available from Ayurvedic distributors. Boil a teaspoonful in a cup of water for 3min. Once cooled and strained thoroughly the eyes should be bathed using an eye bath twice a day.
With any problem of vision, learning to see rather than look can restore sight even in the blind. This sort of differentiation requires specialized training and books on Bates’ eye technique and therapists should be referred to.
Surgical techniques are forever improving. Frequent consultations with your ophthalmic surgeon will advise you on the necessity and best times to operate. Lenses are now replaced and although they do not have the same visual acuity as your natural lens, they are generally safe and effective. See Operations and surgery before undergoing any surgery.