Our eye works almost like a camera. When we ‘see’ any object, light rays enter the eye. They pass through the cornea, the aqueous humor (transparent fluid in front of the eye), the pupil, and enter into the lens.
When protein builds up in the lens, it makes lens cloudy preventing light rays from passing clearly and entirely through the lens. It causes some loss of vision. While new lens cells form on the outside, all the older cells are compacted into the center of the lens, which is known as cataract.
What is cataract?
Cataract is a senile ailment of eyes responsible for clouding of the lens and blurring of vision. It happens because of degenerative changes in the lens cells and eye tissues. It makes daily activities difficult for the people. Cataracts can happen in an acute or chronic way in both the eyes while making eyesight cloudy and hazy during the daytime.
The vision starts becoming blurry as cataracts advance in the eyes. At times, they may cause the permanent sight loss. Therefore, it is necessary to know how to prevent cataracts.
Cataract is generally said as old age disease, but when it occurs in infants at the time of birth, it is known as congenital cataract. It is difficult to find out and at times, diagnosed after a long time.
What are the symptoms of cataract?
Cataract decreases the distant vision, therefore, when one finds it difficult to see the distant objects clearly, we can assume that cataract is developing. One should see an ophthalmologist for check up. Mild symptoms of cataract without showing any major symptom should not be neglected as lack of proper treatment may leads to advancement of cataract and can bring in permanent blindness.
Important signs and symptoms:
- Inability to see the distant objects
- Difficulty in reading or seeing in the low light conditions
- Black spots appearing in sight
- Halo signs before the eyes during low light conditions in some patients
- Blurred and unclear vision even in bright light
- Difficulty in distinguishing different colors
As the cataract progresses slowly, it is difficult to find it out in early stages.
What are the causes of cataract?
The exact cause of cataract is uncertain. It occurs due to protein deposition and degenerative cellular changes in the lenses of eyes.
How are cataracts removed?
Cataract surgery is the only option if cataracts have reached to the level from when they interfere with the daily life. In this surgery, the clouded lens with cataract is removed and replaced by a clear and artificial lens.
Health Pack for Cataract
Health pack for cataract contains herbal supplements to prevent the progression of cataract. They also maintain good health of the eyes and eliminate the risk of vision loss if taken regularly. Package has the following herbs:
- Divya Amlaki Rasayana 200 gm
- Divya Saptamrta Lauh 20 gm
- Divya Mukta Sukti Bhasma 10 gm.
- Divya Medha Triphala Ghrit 200 ml
- Divya Drishti 15 ml
Divya Amalaki Rasayana: It prevents degenerative changes and supplies important nutrients to eye tissues. It helps to keep eyes healthy with advanced age and it is free from any adversity.
Divya Saptamrit Lauh: It has an excellent effect in treating cataract as it increases the blood supply of the eye and supplies nutritious elements to the sight organs.
Divya Mukta Shukti Bhasm: It reduces all signs and symptoms prominent in cataract. It helps person read without any problem and to see objects situated at distance.
Divya Maha Triphala Ghrit: It is a traditional herbal formula for many eye ailments. It brings in the normal functioning of sight organs while correcting cataract.
Mode of Administration
Formula number 1, 2, and 3: Mix all these formulas well. Take 1 tsp two times a day. That is, before breakfast and dinner preferably with lukewarm water or honey.
Formula 4: One tsp twice a day i.e .in the morning and evening preferably with milk
Formula 5: This formula is for external use. One drop of it twice a day in the morning and evening.
Diet recommended for Cataract
Vitamin-A rich diet is quite essential for the healthy and proper vision. Carrots, apple, and spinach are the rich source of vitamin-A and they should be included in the diet for improved vision. Almonds are also good for vision and should be administered on the daily basis.
Home-based supplements for Cataract
Homemade supplements are useful in preventing vision loss due to cataract. Effective home-based supplement are:
Make a mixture of one teaspoonful rosewater and fresh lemon juice. Put a drop each day in both eyes. This mixture helps patients in preventing the advancement of cataract.
Make a mixture by adding 1 tsp of onion, lemon, and ginger juice with the same quantity of honey and water. Put 1-2 drops of this mixture every day and you will get improved vision.
Garlic is also useful in preventing and treating any inflammation of the eye.
Prevention of Cataract
There is no unanimous and sure-fire answer to the question “how to prevent cataracts!” There are multiple ways to be followed. Cataract formation has some connection with stress as it may bring weakness in optical (of eyes) muscles.
Taking eight-hour sleep is essential for healthy eyes.
Stressful life and bad habits like alcohol consumption must be avoided to prevent cataract.
Regular checkup can also help people avoid the risk of cataract.