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A cataract is known to be one of the most common eye diseases. It is usually referred to as the clouding of the normally clear lens of the eyes that impacts vision. The term “ cataract” literally means –a waterfall. Cataract is a condition wherein the lens of the eye is unable to pass light or reduces the light passed to the retina (which ensures light is changed into nerve signals that are sent to the brain) finally resulting in a blurred image. Cataract could progress to blindness as the lens becomes opaque and light rays do not reach the retina.
A cataract is usually related to ageing and a common eye disease among the elderly.
Symptoms of Cataract:
A blurred vision is perhaps one of the first warning signals one needs to pay heed to incase of cataract. As the cataract progresses, the vision seems to be double vision or spots or both. Here is a list of other important alerts that could mean cataract is blocking your vision:
Causes of Cataract:
There are four important factors, which contribute to the loss of transparency of the lens:
Cataract, as experienced in case of most diseases could be also be caused by poisons in the blood stream due to dietetic errors and faulty style of. How? The toxic matter in the blood stream tends to spread throughout the body to seek shelter in a weak spot. It approaches the lens if it has become weak through strain, excessive use of the eyes or local irritation. The condition then becomes worse with the passage of time and then a cataract starts developing.
The other causes of cataract include:
It is also believed that poor nutrition could be an important cause resulting in cataract. This could hold true with regard to a particular type of cataract commonly called as senile or ageing cataract. Dr. Morgan Raiford, an ophthalmologist who has studied cataracts in detail for many years believes improper diet to be a basic factor in cataract. He has found by experience that prevention of cataract could be initiated by improving nutrition.
Some Naturopaths also have reason to believe that cataracts are partly the result of a deficiency of riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Treatment for Cataract:
Cataract is one of the most difficult among eye diseases to contend with. Prevention must be a priority in case signals indicate cataract in the eyes because cure could come through only by surgical removal of the lens. The probability of overcoming cataract by natural means is comparatively higher during the early stages. In an advanced stage a natural body care regime is a measure that is gaining popularity as they could benefit advanced cases of cataract from getting worse.
Research in cataract has provided evidence to reveal that in several cases cataracts have actually been reversed by adequate nutritional treatment. The treatment period for such a reversal of cataract may extend from six months to three years. For egs: One of the best-known nutritionists in the US, Adelle Davis, has pointed out that animals develop cataracts if deprived of certain acids (pantothenic acid and amino acid), tryptophane and vitamin B6 needed for tryptophane (essential for growth and normal metabolism) assimilation. She stresses that the diet of the cataract patient must be high in Vitamin C, D, E, B2, B6, as well as whole B complex, pantothenic acid and other nutrients.
Diet for Cataract:
2. Diet I: The fast on orange juice must be followed by another strict diet regimen for the next two weeks. Here is a simple list for all your three meals:
3. Diet II: This two-week diet must be followed by a much fuller diet. Here is the list of the foods that you must include during your meals:
4. Diet I followed by a restricted Diet II must be repeated after three months of the initiating the treatment and follow it up three months later, if necessary. It is advisable to cleanse bowels daily with a warm water enema during the fast, and later as required.
5. There is a list of foods a cataract patient must turn a blind eye to. This includes: white bread, sugar, cream, refined cereals; rice, boiled potatoes, puddings, and pies, strong tea or coffee, alcoholic beverages, condiments. Pickles, sauces, or other so-called digestion enhancers.
A good diet alone cannot fulfill the requirements for a healthy body. It has to be supported by a good fitness regime to keep the body fit. Here are some ways to keep the body in the active state:
1. There is no better alternative to an apt physical regime than getting good fresh air and including gentle outdoor activity such as walking that complement the diet treatment in all respects.
2. Exercise for the eye I: Adopt various methods of relaxing and strengthening the eyes. These exercises include moving the eyes gently up and down, from side to side and in a circle, clock-wise and anticlockwise; rotating the neck in circles and semi-circles and briskly moving the shoulders clock-wise and anti-clockwise.
3. Exercise for the eye II: Palming is highly beneficial in removing strain and relaxing the eyes and its surrounding tissues. The procedure is as follows:
1. A short fast on orange juice for about three days. The orange juice must be diluted with water and should be taken every two hours from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. The bowels must be cleansed with warm water enema.
2. After the juice fast, a restricted diet should be taken for 10 to 15 days:
3. A well-balanced diet after the short fast for 10 to 15 days must include:
4. Avoid throughout your diet regime and otherwise foods that are not considered good for a cataract condition: White bread, sugar, cream, refined cereals, rice, boiled potatoes, pudding and pies, strong tea or coffee, alcoholic beverages, condiments, pickles and sauces.
The other measures include:
1. Eye muscle exercises and palming as exercises for eye.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|