Cataracts are eye disorders that usually develop over a long period of time. This clouding of the lens causes a blurring of the vision and, if left untreated, can impair a person’s ability to function normally. Although cataracts usually affect people later in life, they are occasionally diagnosed in children–including babies. Fortunately, this problem is treatable, and homeopathic remedies are available for those who wish to employ them.
Cataracts are bits of protein that build on the lens of the eye. Over time, these clumps of amino-acid residue form a cloudy layer, which enshrouds the lens and creates a blurring of vision. Symptoms of cataracts include decreased, blurred or double vision, the seeing of halos around lights, brown spots in the visual field and a phenomenon known as second sight–a renewed ability to read without reading glasses.
The causes of cataracts are not entirely clear. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, some researchers suspect that the disorder develops as a result of age-related chemical changes in the lens. Others speculate that there may be multiple factors, which include smoking, diabetes, and over exposure to sunlight. There are several different types of cataracts, which indicate that the condition results from a person’s age, medical condition or even past eye injuries. Congenital cataracts are present at birth or develop during early childhood.
The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine describes homeopathy as a whole medical system that “seeks to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself by giving very small doses of highly diluted substances.” The homeopathic practitioner treats his patient based upon that individual’s body type, genetic and health history, and physical, mental or emotional symptoms. Therefore, two individuals suffering from cataracts might receive entirely different treatments.
According to an article published by India Net Zone, an encyclopedia from India, drops of homeopathic cineraria maritima succus is a remedy that may be used in cataract treatment. The publication, however, stresses that a combination of natural approaches such as homeopathy, traditional medicines, naturopathy and the ancient practice of ayurveda will best treat the eye disorder. Others, such as the University of Maryland Medical Center, recommend foods, teas, herbs and supplements that are high in antioxidants as well as the avoidance of unhealthy foods, alcohol, tobacco and other such substances.
For those who wish to treat their cataracts through homeopathic or other natural means, it is important to keep in mind that these healing methods do not use the commonly-accepted medical approach to healing. Therefore, it is difficult for modern researchers to gauge their effectiveness. Further, those who desire to take advantage of such remedies should not self treat. Rather, it is best to consult with a qualified and licensed homeopathic professional as well as a regular physician.