Cataract is a disease that is caused due to the build of protein lumps in the lens of the eyes, thereby resulting in partial or total loss of vision, depending on the stage it is at.
This disorder has been classified into four broad categories:
- Age related, which is caused with declining health and aging.
- Congenital, which mainly effects babies at the time of birth or early childhood due to infections or under development.
- Secondary, which is caused by external lifestyle factors.
- Traumatic, which is caused by any previous eye injury.
Although most number of reported cases are age related, there has also been a steady rise in the condition due to secondary factors. The changing lifestyles and food habits are making people prone to diseases like diabetes and hypertension that are the biggest contributors of cataracts in this category. Exposure to ultraviolet light and radiation also contributes to this condition. A simple procedure of x-ray can cause a person to be exposed to such radiations and although small amount of it is not as harmful, constant exposure to it can attribute to the white film build up in the eyes.
Some other lifestyle factors that increase the chances of cataract are deficiency of iodine in the body, cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, exposure to harmful toxic substances, air pollution and dust and drugs like corticosteroids, quetiapine, haloperidol, miotics, triparanol, corticosteroids and diuretics. Since one can be exposed to these substances on a daily basis without warning, it is of utmost importance that eye check-ups for self and especially that of aging parents should be made a routine.Â This will enable you to monitor any symptoms and get a proper eye treatment before any major damage occurs to the eyes.
Ayurvedic treatment for Cataract
Cataract treatment in Ayurveda is said to be very effective as it corrects the root cause of the condition rather than just treating the ailment. The principles of Vata, Pitha and Khapa that govern all Ayurvedic treatments, is also used for this. For the cataract eye treatment in Ayurveda, the most commonly used remedies include Maha Triphala Ghrita to provide strength to the nerves and Chandrodaya Varti to facilitate blood circulation and cells rejuvenation.