Cataract is yet another disease related to aging. It is a gradual clouding over of the lens of the eye, causing loss of vision. The damage is caused by free radicals or by too much ultraviolet light from the sun affecting the proteins in the lens. Due to the particular anatomy of the lens, damaged proteins aren't easily repaired or eliminated, remaining inside the lens for life and causing the cloudy areas.

It has been discovered that people who have high levels of the antioxidant carotenoids in their blood have a low incidence of cataract. This suggests that by consuming more carotenoids such as beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin from spinach, broccoli and tomatoes, the chances of developing cataract may, just may, be reduced.

Conventional advice on preventing cataract includes wearing sunglasses, consuming high-concentration antioxidants and using low doses of aspirin.

In established cases, surgery may be used to restore vision. Complementary treatments are not very successful but include:

  • acupressure on the bone below the eye
  • the Bates method of exercising and re-educating the eye muscles
  • Ayurvedic treatments

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