Most people believe that the only effective Cataract Treatment is surgery to remove the clouded lens and replace it with a clear lens implant.
Cataracts have not be proven to be cured with medication, dietary supplement, exercise or optical devices.
In the early stages of a cataract when symptoms are mild, a good understanding of the condition and a willingness to adjust your lifestyle can help.
You can try a few simple approaches to help Cataract Treatment and Cataract Symptoms:
Nutritional Methods of preventing and Treating Cataracts:
The first step is to increase your Eye Health Antioxidants intake.
The lens’s major antioxidants are vitamins C, E, and A or beta-carotene, its precursor. Numerous studies have demonstrated that high intake of these vitamins – or consumption of large amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables containing them including green leafy vegetables, carrots, citrus fruits, and melons – reduces the incidence of cataract formation.
It has clearly been shown in animal studies that removing vitamin A, vitamins C, E, and B vitamin riboflavin, causes cataracts to develop, and that replacing these nutrients causes the cataract to diminish.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1991 examining the blood levels of several nutrients in elderly people with and without cataracts reached similar conclusions.
Low levels of carotenoids vitamin A-related compounds and vitamin C in the blood were found to be associated with an increased risk of developing cataracts.
Additionally, those individuals who consumed fewer that three and a half servings of fruit or vegetables daily were at higher risk of developing cataracts than people who ate more fruits and vegetables.
Similarly, a study published in the British Journal of Medicine in 1992 examined the effect of vegetable consumption on incidence of cataract in more that 50,000 women over an eight year period.
The British study found that cataract formation was reduced 50 percent by eating five servings of spinach a week.
Consumption of carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, or winter squash beta-carotene containing vegetable had no effect on the rate of cataract development.
This was an unexpected finding and hasn’t been repeated; so don’t stop eating your carrots and broccoli!
These measures may help for a while, but as the cataract progresses, your vision may deteriorate father.
When Loss of Vision starts to interfere with your everyday activities, you’ll want to consider cataract treatment surgery.
Cataract Surgery is the most common surgery performed on Americans age 65 and older.
More than 1.5 million cataract operations are preformed each year.
And this surgery is very successful in restoring vision – more than 95 percent of people who have a cataract-removed end up with better vision.
Many people report not only better vision but also a reduction in the power of their lens prescription and improvements in the overall quality of their life after the operation.
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