Cataracts is a clouding of the lens of the eyes. This is a very slowly progressing disease that occurs over the course of years. Since the clouding of the lens is so slow at first it may not register as part of the cataracts disease process. Cataracts are not painful and because it is not is painful people may not realize the changes in the eyes until it is the more advanced stages. Reading glasses and brighter lights can help people compensate during the early stages of cataracts. Over time the cloudiness increases over the lense of the eye making more difficult to see. Signs and symptoms of cataracts include blurred vision or dim vision, night dimness or night vision, sensitivity to lights and glare, halos when looking at lights or double vision in one or both eyes.
Risk factors for cataracts include age, history of diabetes, family history, previous injuries or surgeries, prolonged corticosteroid use ( this happens often with people that have autoimmune conditions that are being treated with corticosteroids, or smoking. By age 65 half of American have developed some degree of cataracts simply because age is one of the risk factors. It may not be impairing vision but by the time they are 75 years or above it may become more of a factor in ability to see well or clearly.
How do you treat cataracts naturally? The most important factor is in incorporating antioxidants into the diet as much as possible. The reason why antioxidants are so important is because the eye has some of the smallest blood vessels in the entire body so it is crucial to keep those blood vessels in good health so the lens of the eye can get all the nutrients to stay healthy for as long as possible. You can find antioxidants in colorful foods. Look for red, blue, purple, orange, yellow and green colored fruits and vegetables. Packing your diet full of these as a new dietary plan will slow the deterioration process in your eyes as well as the rest of your body.
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