Cataract affects elderly men and women equally, and usually occurs between 60 and 75 years old. However, in some rare cases, it is possible to diagnose it in children. This ocular disorder is due to a clouding that develops in the crystalline lens of the eye, which results from deterioration linked to ageing. Once the disorder sets in, the passage of light to the retina becomes obstructed, which explains the gradual vision loss.
Several forms of cataracts exist, although there are four common types. There is the senile cataract which is age-related, the secondary cataract which is mostly of medical origin, the traumatic cataract which often results from an eye injury and the congenital cataract, usually caused by genetic factors. The condition may either affect one or both eyes and cannot be predicted. It is a rather common pathology, present in both northern and southern countries, that can be correctly treated if it is diagnosed soon enough.
A person affected by a cataract will notice his or her visual acuity progressively decrease. Even wearing medical lenses will not improve altering vision. When the affected person drives during the night, he or she is hindered by the other vehicles’ bright lights. He or she may also see double, on top of having a reduced perception of colours. In broad daylight and during normal weather, objects look like they are wrapped in fog. In short, the vision is no longer normal. If the affected eye is left untreated, the condition can lead to complete opacification of the lens.
A homoeopathic treatment of the cataract can only be applied in cases in which the eye’s crystalline lens is not completely opaque. There are suitable treatments for each type of cataract, but also for varying degree of the crystalline lens’ opacity. Thus, for example, Secale cornutum or Carbo animalis are recommended for senile cataracts, depending on the degree of damage caused to the crystalline lens. Calcarea carbonicum is a well-suited remedy for the treatment of juvenile cataracts. As for other types of cataracts, the remedies Ammonium carbonicum and Colchicum autumnale have proven to be very effective. Finally, to delay the cataract’s progression, it is possible to continually take 5 granules of Naphtalinum 5 CH daily.
Any modification in the perception of objects should lead you to consult an eye specialist, either an ophthalmologist or an opthometrist. This professional should then proceed to a thorough eye examination in order to detect the eventual presence of a cataract and, if the condition appears to develop, to prescribe an appropriate form of treatment to stop its evolution. Thus, any person knowledgeable of his or her pathology should seek medical attention as soon as his or her sight becomes affected and constitutes a hindrance in his or her everyday life.
Good to know: The cataract’s homoeopathic treatment is only effective when the crystalline lens is only partially deteriorated. In case of complete opacity of the crystalline lens, a surgical procedure is the last chance to save the eye.