by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© September 2010, The Center For Development
Cataracts are a hardening and opacity of the lens of the eye. This can cause blindness in many older adults and is the most common, or one of the most common causes of impaired vision in older people. The eyes are one of the most delicate structures of the human body, and are therefore prone to difficulties, especially as one ages.
With a nutritional balancing program, one should be able to avoid cataracts, and in many cases one can reverse them as well.
WHAT CAUSES CATARACTS?
Our research shows that the presence of excess iron, manganese and/or aluminum within the lens of the eye is the cause of most cataracts. The form of these minerals are usually oxides.
Other contributing causes may include:
á Reduced circulation to the eye structures. This may be due to arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, diabetes, or some other cause for impaired circulation.
á Liver toxicity. This is very common as people age, and usually gives no obvious symptoms.
á Other toxic metals that may accumulate in the lens of the eye.
á Anti-oxidant damage to the lens of the eyes from other causes such as nutritional deficiency states or perhaps x-ray exposure.
á A side effect of cortisone-containing nose drops such as Nasonex and others, or the use of other steroid-containing drops or creams near the eyes.
á Excessive ultraviolet light from the sun or elsewhere.
á A spiritually-related cause is if a person does not want to see something. This may sound odd, but it can occur.
á Smoking anything and eating sugar in any form appear to be risk factors, though they are not considered causes. Even eating a lot of fruit or fruit juices may contribute.
á Wearing strong prescription eyeglasses is not a cause, but is associated with more cataracts for some reason. Perhaps it is associated with more stress on the eyes in some way.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT CATARACTS?
1. Be sure it is a cataract. Be sure the cause of the problem is a cataract, and not some other eye disease. The eyes are so important that it is not worth taking chances with them. An eye exam easily shows cataracts, and sometimes you can see it in the mirror, even. The middle of the eye looks cloudy and the world begins to look cloudy as well. However, there are other diseases that can mimic the problem, so always have an eye exam if you are not sure of the cause of a vision problem.
2. Nutritional balancing is highly recommended. A nutritional balancing program using hair analysis can identify a half dozen possible causes for cataracts, and in many cases it will take care of the problem, actually reversing the cataracts.
3. Symptomatic approaches. Symptomatic remedies may or may not work. However, there is great danger putting anything in your eyes, so always use caution. Here are a few common remedies that some people use. I do not recommend them, however, as I do not think using remedies of any kind is the best solution, however:
á Gingko biloba is a common herb that may assist circulation to the head area, and has anti-oxidant properties as well.
á Bilberry is another herb that may help and is safe.
á Other nutrients that may help are lutein, zeozanthein, vitamins A, C, E and perhaps selenium, zinc and others.
á Some doctors recommend a multivitamin or vitamin B2 or riboflavin. This occasionally works, but not often.
á I have heard of using a drop in the eye of a solution of buffered vitamin C in distilled water. Be sure the vitamin C is buffered and clean, and the water is sterile.
4. Surgery. Surgery is the treatment recommended by the medical profession. While it can work well, it leaves the person with impaired vision in some odd ways that hinder the ability to drive, for example, as switching from near to far vision is difficult to do quickly. Sometimes, surgery does not work well and leads to complications that can lead to partial blindness.
HOW LONG DOES NATURAL CORRECTION TAKE?
Correcting cataracts with nutritional balancing will take months or even a year or more. It depends how severe the problem is and how long it has been going on. It is really quite individual, as with all health concerns. So one must be patient.
This is the best way to handle cataracts, especially if they are present in your family. A complete nutritional balancing program is best. Otherwise, eat well, sleep a lot, reduce stress all you can and care for your eyes as you would your life, as they are such critical organs for functioning in many ways. Take extra anti-oxidant nutrients and avoid all sources of toxic metals such as eating a lot of fish, smoking, drinking alcohol, especially wine, and other sources. Also, take a powerful digestive aid, and take kelp in capsules - 3-6 capsules daily – to improve your nutrition.
Cataracts are often linked to glaucoma, another eye disease that occurs with aging. For more on this topic, read Glaucoma on this website.