Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world today, and are the leading cause of impaired vision in New Zealand, with a large percentage of the elderly population exhibiting some signs of this eye lesion. I am not sure of the prevalence of cataracts with the different age groups in New Zealand, but in America, age-related lens changes have been reported in 42% of those between the ages of 52 to 64, 60% of those between the ages 65 and 74, and an amazing 91% of those between the ages of 75 and 85. My guess is that these figures are similar to here. Are quite elderly, and reading this article? Chances are they you may well have one cataract. Please get your eyes checked out if you are unsure. Too many elderly citizens fall, and some of these falls may well have been prevented – just by seeing better! Let’s have a look at signs and symptoms, likely causes and some help with natural medicine.
Bugs Bunny was right after all. There is now ample scientific evidence to validate that the intake of certain foods and nutrients may help maintain eye health. In addition to the carrot and vitamin A, for which a role in eyesight is well established, evidence suggests that vitamins C and E and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin may be linked to a reduced risk for age-related eye diseases, in particular, age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In addition, dietary components such as red wine, high in important flavonoids, and fruits and vegetables high in carotenoids appear to offer added protection. This article will focus on nutritional and herbal intervention of this common eye disease affecting the elderly population around the world.