A cataract is when your eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy. Proteins in your lens break down and cause
things to look blurry, hazy or less colorful.
- Here are some vision changes you may notice if you have a cataract:
- Having blurry vision
- Seeing double or a ghosted image out of the eye with cataract
- Being extra sensitive to light (especially with oncoming headlights at night)
- Having trouble seeing well at night, or needing more light when you read
- Seeing bright colors as faded or yellow instead
Most cataracts develop when aging or injury changes the tissue that makes up the eye’s lens. Proteins and fibers in the lens begin to break down, causing vision to become hazy or cloudy. Some inherited genetic disorders that cause other health problems can increase your risk of cataracts. Cataracts can also be caused by other eye conditions, past eye surgery or medical conditions such as diabetes. Long- term use of steroid medications, too, can cause cataracts to develop.
This remedy may be indicated when a person developing cataracts has the feeling of looking through a
mist. A person needing this remedy tends to be a responsible type, but feels overwhelmed when under
stress and fears breakdown or disease. Chilliness, swollen glands, weight problems, and easy tiring
from exertion are other indications for Calcarea carbonica.
This remedy is often indicated when tissues harden or thicken abnormally. A person needing this remedy may also have a tendency toward hard swollen lymph nodes, joint pains, fibrous growths, or bone-spurs. The person generally feels worse during weather changes and improved by warmth.
People who need this remedy may have a feeling that dust or mist in the eyes is obscuring vision, or may
experience soreness that feels like eyestrain after very little use. They sometimes see little bright dots of colored light when the eyes are closed. People who need this remedy are usually sympathetic and fond of company, but can tire easily. An active imagination (including many fears) and a strong desire for cold drinks and refreshing things are other indications for Phosphorus.
This remedy has been helpful in some cases when the person developing cataracts also had problems moving
the eyes, as if the muscles around the eyeballs were stiff or weak—especially after getting cold in the wind or open
air. The person may have a feeling of sand in the eyes. A person who needs this remedy may tend to have
muscular stiffness in many body areas. They are generally worse from cold and improved by warmth, and
often feel best in damp or rainy weather.
Have regular eye examinations. Eye examinations can help detect cataracts and other eye problems at their earliest
stages. Ask your doctor how often you should have an eye examination. Quit smoking. Ask your doctor for
suggestions about how to stop smoking. Medications, counseling and other strategies are available to help you. Manage other health problems. Follow your treatment plan if you have diabetes or other medical conditions that
can increase your risk of cataracts.