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Alternative/Complementary Treatment
    of Cataracts
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Alternative/complementary treatment of cataracts

There are a number of different alternative/complementary approaches for reducing the risk of cataract developing in the first place, but also to help reduce the symptoms and reduce deterioration of eyesight in people with existing cataracts.


Certain herbs have known beneficial properties to help improve the health of the eye, to reduce cataract symptoms or prevent cataracts happening in the first place:


Studies show that the antioxidant properties of many vitamins are responsible for reducing the severity of symptoms of cataracts (if the condition is already present) or preventing it from developing altogether:


There are two main minerals which have potent antioxidant activity that may reduce risk of cataracts from developing in the first place or reducing symptoms in people with an existing condition:


Other nutrients

Various other nutrients have been shown to have a beneficial effect on cataracts by increasing antioxidant activity and reducing risk of damage to the delicate lens by free radicals

Dietary modifications

There are a number of dietary modifications that can be utilised to help reduce severity and duration of symptoms and even to help reduce the risk of development of cataracts in the first place:

Lifestyle modifications

Certain lifestyle factors are recommended to reduce risk of developing cataracts:

Always ensure that you notify your medical practitioner of any supplements that you want to take - it may interfere with other medication or conditions you have. Confirm with your doctor it is safe to take BEFORE you try it.


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  Last reviewed: 2 September 2007 || Last updated: 30 January 2009


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NOTE: Mega doses of any type of vitamin, mineral, amino acid or herbal supplement cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of complementary supplements.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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