A Natural Look At Cataracts
There is no guarantee you will get cataracts as you age, and subsequently, there is no guarantee that you won’t. Cataracts seem to be a natural part of the ageing process, but there are many things you can do to prevent them from forming. Cataracts develop inside your eye, causing the lens, which is the part of the eye that helps images focus on your retina, to become cloudy. Light passes through your lens to the retina, where it is transformed into signals that are sent
to your brain. Your brain does the work of sorting out the signals into images. The lens of the eye is supposed to be transparent to allow a sufficient amount of light in, allowing the retina to receive a sharper signal. If the lens is clouded over, sort of like fog on your window, the signals that your brain sees are blurred. The lens of the eye is made of water and protein; over time, the proteins begin to clump together, forming cloudy areas on the lens. The apparent signs of a cataract developing are cloudy parts of the eye and blurred vision that are not associated with an eye impairment. Other symptoms that may indicate a cataract are double vision and poor night vision. Colours seem more faded, or you may see halos when looking at lights. UV exposure from the sun is one of the most significant risk factors for cataracts, so a natural preventative measure is to wear sunglasses. Certain medications can make your eyes more sensitive to UV light, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antibiotics, statins, diuretics, antihistamines and antifungals. Smokers are also three times more likely to get cataracts than non-smokers. Once you have a cataract you may be able to slow its development. Your best course of action is to take preventative measures to reduce your risks.
Prevent Cataracts and Beat the Inevitable
Antioxidants are especially important to reduce the damage caused by free radicals in the eye. The best researched antioxidant options for cataract prevention are lutein and zeaxanthin. These two antioxidants help by filtering out the harmful light and protecting the cells within the eye. They are found in high concentration within the eye, but the body cannot naturally make them. Eating a rainbow of coloured fruits and vegetables is an excellent dietary means of obtaining these eye-protective antioxidants. In addition, you can get these antioxidants by supplementing with natural products. Lutein and zeaxanthin can be taken as stand-alone supplements, but these two antioxidants seem to work better together to cancel out free radical damage that can lead to eye
disorders. Now Foods Lutein & Zeaxanthin provides an excellent formula with both carotenoids for eye support. Natural Factors Vision Factors and Prairie Naturals Ocu Blue are also two supplements that carry a number of different vitamins, herbs and both lutein and zeaxanthin, for full range eye protection. Bilberry has also been well researched for its benefits to eye health. Bilberry contains anthocyanosides (plant pigments) and a high percentage of vitamin C, making this supplement an excellent option for reducing free radical damage to the eyes. It is no surprise that Omega 3 finds its way on to the list of eye-protecting supplements as well as vitamins A and E.
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