Cataracts is a disease that affects the lens of the eye. A cloud forms over the eye, making it more and more difficult to see. Cataracts can be hereditary, or be caused from other factors including diabetes, sun damage, trauma or smoking. If you aren't sure if you have cataracts, making an appointment with your optometrist is essential. Read on for symptoms of cataracts and what things you may be able to do to help reverse it.
Cataracts may feel like you are looking through a blurry lens, but there are other symptoms as well, including:
- Poor night vision
- Light sensitivity
- Increasing changes to your vision prescription
- Change in how you view color (colors may not appear as bright)
- Difficulty seeing without extra lighting
If you notice any changes in your vision, it's always best to make an appointment with your optometrist for a checkup. Changes in vision can occur for a number of reasons. If caught in time, the problem with your vision may be able to be treated or even reversed before it becomes permanent. Some changes in vision can occur from medication you may be taking, or from issues with regulating your blood sugar. Catching these problems ahead of time is essential.
What You Can Do To Reverse Cataracts
Reversing cataracts for some may be something that can be done on your own. For others with more severe cataracts, it may require surgery. The surgery is usually a simple and fast procedure that is done in less than an hour. You are not put out for the surgery and are given medication to relax you. A laser removes the cataract and you'll notice a difference in your vision immediately, although it may take a few days for your eyes to totally recover.
Here are a few things you can do to help reverse cataracts without surgery.
- Eat a proper diet rich in nutrients. Eat clean foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, leafy greens and fresh fish including tuna and salmon.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. It can also keep your eyes hydrated and help reduce the amount of toxins in the body.
- Reduce stress levels in the entire body by exercising daily. Get at least 20 minutes of moderate exercise each day.
- Wear sunglasses to reduce sun damage to the eyes, and wear a wide brimmed hat when outdoors to prevent sun damage as well.
These are just a few things you can do to help reverse cataracts. Consult an ophthalmology service about other ways to reverse or to treat cataracts.