A Natural and Nutritional Approach to Preventing Cataracts and Staving Off Surgery

July 25, 2014 | All Posts, Cataract Healing, Cataract Surgery, Cataract Treatment, Products

It has been over three decades since we dedicated our work to natural healing approaches to cataracts and other eye disorders.

And the same questions that were being asked then are being asked now: ?Do nutritional therapies work?? and ?Do the rewards of surgery outweigh the risks??

Our purpose has always been education: To let you know the state of worldwide research as well as reporting the results of thousands of scientific studies on the effects of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants on eye health.

While the studies have become more refined and specific, there have also been great strides in the technological advances of surgery.

But those two questions remain.

Our goal from the beginning has been ? and still is ? to give you the tools that you can proactively use so that, hopefully, you will never have to consider any medical intervention or medical procedure for your cataracts.

You know the numbers: By the time we reach 65, it is estimated that half the population will have a cataract, and all of us are likely to have one by age 75.

In the 1980s, cataract surgery was one of the most successful procedures. But it had its risks. Today, it is the most common surgery performed in the United States, with 3 million surgeries a year. Those risks, while diminished, remain. Further, technological leaps have made cataract surgery a customized procedure like boutique shopping or ordering a la carte from the menu at your favorite restaurant.

It’s called laser-assisted surgery and performed in two parts. First, the laser surgery, with its precision control to better prepare the eye, and then the traditional operation to replace the lens with an artificial one.

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Of course, this surgery is an out-of-pocket expense ($1,100 to $2,000 per eye), and cost is always a factor. It is always the choice. As is the risk.

Here are some examples of people who avoided medical procedures and one who had a medical procedure and showed improvement by simply opening their eyes to different kinds of care.

?I am writing today to let you know the progress that I have made. I was diagnosed with a cataract in my right eye. A cataract specialist told me my cataract was listed between level 3 and 4 (where 4 is most severe). I did not want to have the surgery, but I needed this corrected. I now have moments ? for 15 or 20 seconds at a time ? when I can see clearly from my right eye.?
? C.B., Wisconsin

?I have a cataract in my right eye and one removed from my left. I was so unhappy with the surgery ? halos and poor night vision. These have greatly improved!?
? V.M., Massachusetts

?Even with cataracts, my vision has improved greatly. My reading capacity has increased. I can read the newspaper without a hand lens or sharp source of light. Blurred vision has diminished tremendously. I feel more energetic and happy.?
? C.N., Georgia

Clearly, there is a great deal you can do for your eyes naturally if you are willing to look.

Two ideas most practitioners agree with: It is easier to prevent a cataract than reverse one and the growth of cataract progression can be slowed.

We strongly believe that before opting for surgery, it could benefit you to embark upon a program of nutritional therapy.

Over the years, in various industry journals (i.e., Archives of Ophthalmology and the Journal of the American Medical Association [JAMA] have shown that certain vitamins reduce the risk of developing a cataract and some books ( ?Selenium As Food and Medicine? by Richard Passwater) describe studies that have reversed cataracts.

According to Dr. Gary Price Todd, a nutritional expert and ophthalmologist and author of the book ?Nutrition, Health & Disease,? it has been proven that a deficiency of vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, selenium, or glutathione can result in cataracts. A pioneer in nutritional therapies, Dr. Todd began his study for cataract cure in 1974. In the late 1970s and early 1980s he and conducted a series of studies with his patients. It was then that he developed a multivitamin formula with minerals and gave the Cambridge Institute for Better Vision (CIBV) exclusive rights to offer it. Dr. Todd’s associate and CIBV have since updated the formula.

Dr. Todd first gets a hair analysis from the patient. After the patient is on the nutritional program he checks their vision again between six weeks and three months. If their vision has improved, they get to decide if they want to continue for another few months. Patients on a nutritional program will often need their prescriptions changed as their vision improves. But Dr. Todd always gave his patients ?the option of surgery or nutrition or nothing.?

One of the many things that Dr. Todd learned was that people who were on a nutritional program before they had surgery, healed three times faster than those who weren’t and had fewer complications.

This is why it is important to educate yourself and be informed.

See these earlier posts of ours: Vitamin Deficiencies as a Cause of Cataracts; The ABCs & Es of Vitamins and Cataract Prevention; Cataracts and Vitamin E; Vitamin C and Cataracts: Reality versus Myth; Cataracts and Glutathione, the Body’s Master Antioxidant and Detoxifier.

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