Cataract is a common medical condition that usually occurs due to aging. It is characterized by the appearance of cloudy patches on the clear lens of the eye, making the vision blurry, similar to looking through a fogged-up or frosty window.
The condition develops slowly and does not disturb the eyesight early on. Left untreated, cataract will interfere with your vision making it difficult for you to drive, read or see the expressions on people’s faces. In rare cases, babies can be born with this disease, known as a congenital cataract. There are also secondary cataracts, which develop as a result of other medical conditions such as diabetes, the exposure to toxic substances, radiation or certain drugs.
Other conditions for developing cataract are smoking, poor diet intake, a family history of the disease or overexposure of the eyes to the sun. Although surgery has shown great results in treating cataract, it costs an average of $3,500 per eye.
There are some natural remedies that can improve the symptoms in the early stages of the disease.
- Coriander and Fennel Seed
Mix equal parts of coriander and fennel seeds and add some brown sugar. Take 10 grams of this mixture in the morning and evening. It will help reduce the cloudy patches that affect your vision.
Bilberry has been used for years to treat eye conditions. Its history goes back to World War 2 when pilots used bilberry to improve their night vision. Bilberry has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and in combination with Vitamin E it can be an efficient remedy in delaying the progression of cataract.
Grind some coriander and boil it in a cup of water. Let it cool and use this eye wash on a daily basis. Coriander has Vitamin A and C, antioxidants and minerals that help maintain the health of the eyes and prevent their aging.
- Parsley and Carrot
You can make your own eye drops from carrots and parsley. Mix equal amounts of carrot and parsley juice and keep the mixture in a recipient in the fridge. Parsley is also known for treating other conditions of the eye, such as conjunctivitis and ulcers.
- Vitamins A and C
You must have already heard that Vitamin A is great for the eyes’ health. Increase your intake of Vitamins A and C, by eating more leafy vegetables, guava, carrots, pumpkins, oranges, lemon, papayas, tomatoes and dairy products.
If you notice the symptoms do not improve with these natural remedies, make an appointment and see your doctor. If your symptoms worsen, and you develop blurriness or double vision, you should see an ophthalmologist right away. Talk to the doctor and see if surgery is an option for you. Most eye doctors tell their patients to consider this option when cataract has begun to affect the quality of their life and prevent them from performing normal daily activities, such as watching TV, reading or driving. Take the time to consider the risks and benefits of surgery and make the right choice for you together with your doctor.