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Cataracts are caused by oxidative changes
in the lens of the eye, which can lead to gradual clouding and
impairment of vision. Cataracts are mostly seen in older people,
although exposure to radiation, excessive sunlight, pollutants, and
certain medications can increase the risk for anyone. Remedies below
have been helpful in many cases of cataracts, and are mentioned here
to introduce a few of the possibilities homeopathy can offer, not as
suggestions for self-care. A constitutional remedy chosen by an
experienced prescriber is the most appropriate way to help a person
with deep-seated or chronic conditions.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Calcarea carbonica: 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
Calcarea fluorica: 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.
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
This remedy may be indicated when cataracts begin to develop. The
muscles around the eyes can feel bruised and weak, especially when
the person looks down. The person may have a feeling of gauze across
the eyes, and parts of the field of vision may be hard to focus on.
A person who needs this remedy usually craves salt, feels worse from
being in the sun, and has deep emotions yet appears to be reserved.
Phosphorus: 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.
(also called Silica): This remedy has been helpful to
some individuals who developed cataracts after extended periods of
eyestrain, or after perspiration of the feet had been suppressed.
People needing this remedy tend to be chilly (although they often
sweat at night) and often have low resistance to infection. Fine
hair, weak nails, easy tiredness, and swollen lymph nodes are other
signs suggesting Silicea.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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