Cataract , said to have been derived from the Latin cataracta – waterfall, serving to explain the on rushing cloudy whiteness in vision, is exactly what it states, though metaphorically. The crystalline lens of the eye or in its envelope (lens capsule) clouds up in varying degrees of opacity opacity, blocking light to pass through the lens and onto the sensory nodes. Mostly in the cases of age-related cataract, it starts off as near-sightedness (myopia), and the gradual yellowing and opacification of the lens may reduce the perception of blue colors. Usually affecting both eyes, the setting in of cataract always have one eye affected earlier than the other, and it leads to complete vision loss if left untreated.
With gradual onset of opacity, the eye’s sensitivity to contrast is also lost, and that means a diminished capability in recognising contours, shadows and color vision. The affected eye will have an absent red reflex.
Long-term exposure to ultraviolet light, ionizing radiation, secondary effects of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and advanced age, or trauma (possibly much earlier) are all possible causes for the onset of cataract.Genetic factors are often a cause of congenital cataracts, and positive family history may also play a role in predisposing someone to cataracts at an earlier age, a phenomenon of “anticipation” in presenile cataracts. Cataracts may also be produced by eye injury or physical trauma.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Cataract at Itoozhi Ayurveda
At Itoozhi Ayurveda, the treatment regimen is decided after a complete diagnosis of the specific ailment and the physical conditions of the individual. Hence no two treatments of cataract will ever be the same as Ayurveda places equal importance for the individual constitution and the disease. Based on the traditional treatises of Ayurveda and the legacy of Ayurveda medicine that spans three centuries, the final regimen is tailored around each case. Anjanas (administration of medicine as collyrium) with Elaneer Kuzhambu, Karpooradi Kuzhambu, Chandrodaya Varthi, Vimalavarthy Anjanam, Snehapana with Patoladi grita, Jeevanthyadi gritha, Triphala gritha, Nasya and Tharpanam are some of the proven treatment methods that are employed in the Ayurvedic treatment for cataract at Itoozhi Ayurveda Eye Treatment Center.