It is estimated that about 20 % of people over the age of 40 years have cataract formation in their eyes.
How to prevent cataracts naturally at home:
To prevent cataract formation follow these easy tips:
- Improve the lighting in your home with more lighting and brighter lamps.
- Limit your night driving.
- When you go outside in daytime, wear sunglasses or a broad-brimmed hat to reduce glare.
- Get your eyes checked once a year (more often, if you’ve noticed problems).
- Make sure your eyeglasses or contact lenses are the most accurate prescription
- Keep diabetes under control with diet, exercise, and medication.
- Quit smoking!
Naturopathic methods to prevent cataract formation:
- Leafy greens, bell peppers, and carrots. Eat more spinach, kale, and Swiss chard – These vegetables are all rich in the carotenoid, lutein. Another top plant source is red bell pepper. Red peppers also provide good-for-eyes vitamin C. Carrots and other orange-colored fruits and vegetables are also top choices for eyes: Beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A that gives these foods their orange hue, is a vision booster. It helps the retina and other parts of the eye to function optimally.
- Nuts and seeds. Vitamin E helps protect the cells in our eyes from free radicals, and nuts and seeds are packed with vitamin E. Walnuts are ranked as one of the best nut sources of omega-3s. Pistachios are a close second. In small amounts, they can be converted to EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), another omega-3 fatty acid used by the eyes, along with DHA.
- Fresh fruits, especially avocados. Avocados are incredibly nutrient-rich. They’re a great source of carotenoids and other important eye nutrients such as beta-carotene and vitamins C, E, and B6.
- Herbs like ginkgo biloba. Herbs are also excellent home remedies for promoting good eyesight. Ginkgo biloba for eyes, in particular, works well to promote healthy blood flow that carries more essential nutrients to your cells.
The best ways to prevent cataract is to eat right, maintain good lighting in the home, shade your eyes from the bright sun and have regular eye check-up at least once a year if you are over forty years of age.