5 Common Symptoms of Cataract
Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. If you are above 60 and experience cloudy and blurring vision, there are chances you may have cataract. It is a very common condition all over the world.
Types of cataract:
1. Subcapsular cataract: It occurs at the back of the lens.
2. Nuclear cataract: It occurs in the nucleus (central part) of the lens.
3. Cortical cataract: Cortical cataract occurs in the lens cortex, which is the part of the lens that surrounds the central nucleus. It starts in the periphery of the lens and spreads to the center in a spoke-like fashion.
Symptoms of Cataract:
Cataract generally forms very gradually. You may not even be aware of it until it starts blocking the light. However, after you determine, you may notice the following symptoms:
1. Cloudy, blurry or foggy vision: You may notice that your vision is blurred a little, like looking through a cloudy piece of glass or viewing an impressionist painting.
2. Difficulty in driving at night: You may experience that the oncoming headlights cause more glare than before while driving at night.
3. Glare during the day: It may make light from the sun or lamps seem too bright or glaring.
4. Changes in color: Colors may not appear as bright as before.
5. Double vision: You may experience double vision in the affected eye.
Did you know?
The type of cataract you have will affect exactly what symptoms you experience. Yes you have read it correct. For instance, Nuclear cataract initially brings about a temporary improvement in vision, called “second sight”. This improvement will disappear as the cataract develops. On the contrary, a Subcapsular cataract may not produce any symptoms until it is well-developed.
How is Cataract Diagnosed?
If you think you have a cataract, see an eye doctor for an exam to find out for sure.
Treatment for Cataract
Convention treatment for Cataract involves surgical removal of the cataract. Surgical treatment involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a substitute lens.
Is Cataract surgery a safe option?
There is no doubt that surgery has become the go to treatment for cataract removal. However, this invasive procedure has its fair share of risks. Sometimes we tend to not calculate everything that could possibly go wrong in a surgery. Complications like increasing pain, redness, swelling and discharge around the eyes, and changes in the field of vision have been reported after Cataract surgery. Some people also dread going under the knife and therefore never report about their deteriorating eyesight.
Natural Treatment for Cataract
Modern sciences suggest an underlying cause for Cataract. Holistic doctors believe that the main cause of any disorder may be stress and lack of energy. Thus, the root cause of the problem is energetic and not physical. Thus, herbs, supplements, Homeopathy and Ayurveda are all believed to help balance your energy. The combination of these products can help you get back to health. Work with a holistic doctor to discuss about your concern. Avoid visiting multiple doctors or emergency rooms to make it difficult to cope up with the condition. You can adopt different natural ways such as maintaining nutritious diet rich with Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Lutein and Omega 3-fatty acids, and meditation
Dr Vijay Kamat graduated from K.L.E. society’s Shri B. M. Kankanwadi Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, India; one of the oldest Ayurvedic institutions in India. He is a prestigious member of the Ayurvedic Association of India. He possesses deep ancestral and research-based knowledge of plants, and is passionate about bringing age-old secrets of Ayurveda within the reach of a common man. In keeping with his passion, he is presently leading the medical team of Biogetica – a collective of Doctors dedicated to natural medicine. Together, they work to bring evidence-based natural healing solutions to the world.