But first, here are common cataract symptoms: (2)
- Cloudy or blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Increasing difficulty with night vision
- Seeing “halos” around lights
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Double vision in a single eye
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
- Difficulty reading due to reduced black-white contrast
Here are 4 great natural cataracts treatment methods:
1. DietWhat you eat might be one of the most important parts of a natural cataracts treatment. Be sure to get in plenty of antioxidants, as they can help prevent cataract formation. (3)
Make sure your diet includes the following:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables have high levels of important plant chemicals called phytochemicals. These chemicals help prevent and delay the progression of eye disease, including cataracts. (4)
- Vitamin A (beta-carotene)-rich foods — Vitamin A deficiency causes the cornea to become very dry. And this can lead to clouding of the front of the eye, corneal ulcers and vision loss. Vitamin A deficiency can also damage the retina, which also contributes to blindness. (5) Carrots, sweet potatoes and dark leafy greens are some great choices to help improve vision.
- Vitamin C-rich foods — Intake of vitamin C has been linked to a lower cataract risk. This is especially true in people who tend to be deficient in this key nutrient. (6) You’ll find vitamin C in peppers, citrus fruits, berries, tropical fruits, broccoli and tomatoes.
- Vitamin E-rich foods — Studies show vitamin E reduces cataract formation. (7) Try almonds, spinach, wheat germ and sweet potatoes.
- Zinc-rich foods — According to the American Optometric Association, zinc deficiency has also been tied to cloudy vision and poor night vision. This is because it helps bring vitamin A from the liver into the retina. (8) Kefir, chickpeas and pumpkin seeds are all good choices.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin — Lutein and zeaxanthin filter harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light. They also help protect and maintain healthy eye cells. In fact, one study found that people with diets high in foods rich in zeaxanthin, particularly spinach, kale and broccoli, are up to 50 percent less likely to develop cataracts. (9)