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Cataract

A cataract

The lens of the eye is normally transparent. A cataract creates a cloudy or opaque area on the lens. As the cloudy area gets thicker, it prevents light rays from passing through to the retina, which is the light sensitive tissue on the back of the eye. This disease affect up to half of all Americans between the ages of 65 and 74.

Symptoms

Early cataract development may not be noticeable, but as it continues to thicken and change the lens, you may experience symptoms like blurry, cloudy, foggy, fuzzy or filmy vision; loss of color intensity; halos around lights; double vision; decreased contrast sensitivity; problems with glare from lamps or the sun; frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions and impaired night vision, especially when driving due to the glare from headlights.

Causes

Cataracts may be caused by family history, medical problems like diabetes, injury, previous eye surgery, medications like steroids or long-term unprotected exposure to bright sunlight.

Cautions

It is best to seek medical attention when you first notice cloudy or blurred vision, if you have problems with driving at night due to bright headlights, if you are bothered by the sun's glare or if you notice changes in the way you see colors. The sooner any problem associated with your eyes is diagnosed, the better.

Herbal Treatments

Internal Applications

External Applications

The following are eye washes that have been associated with cataract treatment. Do not use if your eye is irritated by the treatment.

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