What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s natural lenses, affect more people then you probably know. Unfortunately for some, it can feel like seeing the world in a foggy state so nothing is ever really clear. This happens because as we age, or have an illness that affects our eyes, the protein in the lens begins to clump together and gives everything a clouding effect in the small area of the lens. The lens is the part of the eye behind the iris and the pupil. The lens focuses light onto the retina at the very back of the eye so it can allow you to see both short and long distances. The lens itself is a clear structure, which makes it prone to the clumping of protein, especially as we age.
Cataracts normally do not cause pain, but it can be very frustrating to not be able to see clearly. The decrease in vision will usually continue to worsen as you get older if there is no treatment involved. There is a chance of getting an inflamed or overripe cataract which is not that common, but when it does happen it needs to be removed immediately. You’ll notice it because your cataract will become completely white and it will be even harder for you to see. Cataracts develop over time to the point that you don’t even realize that you have one. At first everything will seem very normal when it comes to your vision, but slowly you will start noticing a glare or blurred vision. This means that your cataract is not letting enough light to reach your retina.
Besides blurred vision, your vision may also seem a little dimmer, or you could have strained vision, especially at night. You may also have a sensitivity to light and glare, and even have “halos” around lights that you see. Soon, you will notice that you need more light to read, and there will be some fading of colors or difficulty distinguishing between colors. Lastly, you could have the need to blink in order to clear your vision. Besides these symptoms there should be no pain or any other symptoms that can mean you have an inflammation.
Surgery is one form of treatment, but for most people, it should be a last resort. Instead it is best to look for safer natural treatments that can help with your overall eye health. An herbal remedy that is well known for the strengthening of eye health is Bilberry which helps with your eye capillaries, and can help to prevent eye related disease. In some early stages of cataracts it has shown to help make the cataract smaller to increase vision. Rooibos and Sutherlandia Frutescens also work together as anti-oxidants to help get oxygen and blood to the eye which can help you recover from any eye condition. Instead of taking on serious surgery that can affect your eyesight, it is best to start out with the natural approach to eye health to see if that might help some of your eyesight.