Cataract

Definition of Cataract:

A steadily worsening disease of the eye in which the lens becomes cloudy as a result of the precipitation of proteins.  Most cataracts are caused by the functions of the body breaking down.  Eye trauma, such as from a puncture wound, may also result in cataracts.

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Alpha Lipoic Acid

...as a treatment
“...Lipoic Acid protects the liver from alcohol damage, the lungs from smoke damage, and enhances glucose disposal in type II diabetes and reduces associated neuropathy and cataracts.  Individuals with capillary fragility (bruise easily) can benefit...”

Antioxidant Requirement

...the condition
“...Many epidemiological studies have linked diets containing moderate to high proportions of fruit and vegetables to lower mortality and to a reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cancers, cataracts and macular degeneration, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease...”
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Beta-Carotene

...as a treatment
“...As an antioxidant it has been studied for its ability to lower the risk for certain cancers, protect against cataracts, enhance the immune system, and reduce the risk of heart disease...”

Bilberry

...as a treatment
“...Bilberry extracts were shown to be effective in improving night-time vision, and have been used in the prevention and treatment of glaucoma and have been used in cases of cataracts and macular degeneracy...”

Brucellosis

...the condition
“...as nodules, abscesses, eruptions, scaly skin patches, lesions that resemble impetigo, psoriasis or eczema, rashes, red or purple patches caused by capillary hemorrhage, and eye involvement including cataracts.  Confirmation of a brucellosis diagnosis involves blood work, bone marrow and urine cultures, and other techniques...”

Carnosine

...as a treatment
“...In the lens of the eye, protein cross-linking is part of cataract formation...”

Cataracts

...the condition
“A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil...”
...our question about B-complex supplementation
“Several studies have found that long-term use of B vitamin supplements, along with vitamins A, C, and E, and carotenoids (particularly lutein and zeaxanthin), reduces the risk of developing cataracts.”
...recommendation Surgery
“It is a widely held belief that surgery to remove the diseased lens is the only effective treatment for cataracts.  In cases of marked vision impairment, cataract removal and lens implant may be the only alternative...”
...recommendation Senecio cineraria
“Cineraria Maritima is FDA approved in cataracts and has approximately a 20% success rate...”
...recommendation Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption
“People with low blood levels of antioxidants and those who eat few antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables have been reported to be at high risk for cataracts.  Some – but not all – studies have reported that eating more fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene was associated with a lower risk of cataracts...”
...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“A Japanese drug, phenoxazine carboxylic acid (Catalin), has been shown to be effective in inhibiting, as well as reversing, cataract formation.”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“In a study of nurses who ate spinach or other leafy greens at least 5 times a week, it was found they had a 47-65% lower risk of cataracts.”
...recommendation Antioxidants
“The risk of cataracts may be reduced by long term use of a daily multivitamin, recent study findings suggest...”
...recommendation Alpha Lipoic Acid
“It has been reported that lipoic acid has been shown to be helpful for cataracts.  Some doctors caution that with a high body level for mercury, you risk moving mercury INTO the lens and brain rather than out, so lipoic acid should only be used if mercury levels are known...”
...recommendation Carnosine
“N-Acetyl-Carnosine (NAC) eye drops have been shown to delay vision senescence in humans, being effective in 100% of cases of primary senile cataract and 80% of cases of mature senile cataract...”

Consequences of Poor Diet

...the condition
“...The annual economic impact of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. exceeds $80 billion, that of obesity exceeds $86 billion, osteoporosis $10 billion for care alone, cancer $104 billion, and cataract surgery $4 billion...”

Corticosteroids

...as a treatment
“...Anyone who is taking corticosteroids and has any of the symptoms listed below should check with the physician who prescribed the medicine as soon as possible ... Cataracts...”

Diabetes Type II

...recommendation Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Avoidance
“...specialist, a member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and an authority on artificial sweeteners, aspartame ... leads to the aggravation of diabetic complications such as retinopathy, cataracts, neuropathy and gastroparesis...”

Germanium

...as a treatment
“...It is used in the prevention and treatment of cataracts.  It relives joint pain, aids in the formation and maintenance of strong bones...”
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Hyaluronic Acid

...as a treatment
“...The first hyaluronan biomedical product, Healon, was developed in the 1970s and 1980s by Pharmacia, and is approved for use in eye surgery (i.e., corneal transplantation, cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery and surgery to repair retinal detachment)...”

Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption

...as a treatment
“...Fruit and vegetables also play a preventive role in birth defects, cataract formation, hypertension, asthma, diverticulosis, obesity and diabetes...”

IP6 - Inositol Hexaphosphate

...as a treatment
“...Research has shown that IP6 can help prevent kidney stone formation, complications of diabetes (i.e. cataracts, renal damage), lung fibrosis, fatty liver disease, sickle cell anemia, heart disease, high cholesterol and high triglycerides...”

Iritis

...the condition
“...Cataracts, glaucoma, corneal changes, and secondary inflammation of the retina may occur as a result of iritis and the medications used to treat the disorder...”

L-Glutathione

...as a treatment
“...Increased levels of glutathione have been shown to slow the progression of cataracts.  Glutathione status can be evaluated by labs such as Metametrix, Antibody Assay Labs, Great Smokies and Diagnos-Techs – see our links page.”

Lutein

...as a treatment
“...In addition, there is evidence indicating that Lutein and zeaxanthin reduce cataract formation...”

Macular Degeneration

...the condition
“...The following are NOT known to be linked to macular degeneration: floaters (moving spots caused by debris floating in the vitreous fluid between the lens and the retina); dry eye syndromes; cataracts and cataract surgery...”

Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness)

...recommendation MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)
“...There have been reported cases of reversible cataract development from individuals mobilizing mercury without excreting it...”

Muscular Dystrophy

...the condition
“...The disease causes muscle weakness and affects the central nervous system, heart, gastrointestinal tract, eyes (causing cataracts) and endocrine (hormone-producing) glands...”

Night Blindness

...relationship to Cataracts
Cataracts, characterized by cloudiness of the lens, can cause night blindness.”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...recommendation Vitamin D
“...Congenital cataracts have also been linked to low levels of vitamin D...”

Psoriasis

...relationship to Cataracts
“Psoriasis can cause cataracts.”

Senecio cineraria

...as a treatment
“...Senecio cineraria is an important medicinal plant of known therapeutic value for the treatment of cataract and corneal opacity...”

Turner's Syndrome

...the condition
“...Occasional Abnormalities: Dysplastic hips; Scoliosis; Tendency to form keloids; Cataracts; Tendency to obesity; Idiopathic hypertension; Diabetes mellitus; Abnormal glucose tolerance; Crohn's disease; Thyroid disorders; Ulcerative colitis”

Visiting An Eye Doctor

...as a treatment
“...Ophthalmologists may also perform intricate surgical procedures including cataracts removal and lens implant, corneal transplant, glaucoma surgery and various laser procedures.”

Vitamin B2 Requirement

...the condition
“...It is important in the prevention and treatment of cataracts.  Riboflavin also facilitates the use of oxygen by the tissues of the skin, nails and hair...”

Vitamin B-Complex Requirement

...the condition
“...It is important in the prevention and treatment of cataracts.  Riboflavin also facilitates the use of oxygen by the tissues of the skin, nails and hair...”

Vitamin E Requirement

...the condition
“...symptoms include dry skin, easy bruising, decreased clotting time, eczema, elevated indirect bilirubin, psoriasis, elevated heavy metals, PMS, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, beta thalassemia, cataracts, fibrocystic disease, benign prostatic hypertrophy, poor wound healing, hot flashes, growing pains and Osgood-Schlatter disease...”

Werners Syndrome

...the condition
“...People with WS develop a vast array of age-related diseases including arteriosclerosis, malignant neoplasms, cancer, type II diabetes mellitus, ocular cataracts and osteoporosis in early adult life.”
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