The lens is mostly made of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens clear and lets light pass through it.
But as we age our bodies suffer accumulated toxins which may cause some of the protein to clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract, and over time, it may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.
Cataract is the clouding of the eye’s lens and the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and is the main cause of blindness in the world. Types of cataracts include:
A subcapsular cataract occurs at the back of the lens. People with diabetes or those taking high doses of steroid medications have a greater risk of developing a subcapsular cataract.
A nuclear cataract forms deep in the central zone (the nucleus) of the lens. These are usually are associated with aging.
A cortical cataract is characterized by white, wedge-like opacities that start in the periphery of the lens and work their way to the center in a spoke-like fashion. This type of cataract occurs in the lens cortex, which is the part of the lens that surrounds the central nucleus.
Besides advancing age, cataract risk factors include:
Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
Statin medicines used to reduce cholesterol
Previous eye injury or inflammation
Previous eye surgery
Hormone replacement therapy
Significant alcohol consumption
Support your healing with good nutrition as studies show fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants may help prevent certain types of cataracts. Eat food that nourished your body and say no to junk food. Keep your toxic load down as much as possible, purists advise that we remove all plastic containers used for food storage. Use glass to store your food in. No more non stick pans.