Cataracts occur when the normally transparent crystalline material of the lens condenses, causing blurring of vision. It is usually a feature of ageing and can lead to complete blindness. Cataracts usually need to be surgically removed and if needed the lens can be replaced by an artificial one.
In rare cases, cataracts can affect younger people following trauma, infections, treatment with steroid eye drops or as a complication of diabetes mellitus.
Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)
|Supplement/Herb||What it does||Dosage|
|Antioxidant formula||Helps to protect against damage caused by free radicals.||1 to 2 capsules daily|
|Beta Carotene||Antioxidant which helps to reduce photosensitivity. Good for general eye health.||15 to 60mg daily|
|L Cysteine||Antioxidant.||500mg daily|
|L Glutamine||Helps in tissue repair and recovery.||500-1000mg daily|
|Lutein||It is the main caretonoid in the retina and acts as a filter to damaging purple light.||10-40mg daily|
|Quercetin||Potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.||500mg daily|
|Vitamin B complex||To support the nervous system.||1-2 tablets daily|
|Vitamin C||Helps membranes to heal, antioxidant.||3000mg daily|
|Vitamin E||Potent anti-oxidant.||500iu daily|
|Bilberry||Anti-oxidant, specifically supportive and protective to blood vessels and the structures of the eye.||200-500mg daily|
Diet and Lifestyle Factors
To help protect yourself from developing cataracts eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and oily fish.
Do not smoke
Always wear good quality sunglasses to protect your eyes in bright sunlight.
Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)
- Calc. Carb
- Calc. Fluor.
- Nat. Mur.
Suggested further reading:
- Cataracts explained
- Surgical treatment