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Eucalyptus Honey Treatment for Cataracts

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Kate Beck started writing for online publications in 2005. She worked as a certified ophthalmic technician for 10 years before returning to school to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree in writing. Beck is currently putting the finishing touches on a novel.
Eucalyptus Honey Treatment for Cataracts
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Inside your eye, you have a lens that directs light to the back of your eye. As you age, the proteins in the lens can clump together, causing the lens to turn cloudy, a condition called a cataract. This occurs gradually, often taking many years before you notice changes in vision. In an effort to restore lost vision, some people turn to nutrition. However, nutrients and specific food products, such as eucalyptus honey, will not treat or reverse cataracts.

Effects

Honey is a natural sweetener that contains a variety of nutrients, such as vitamin C, calcium and potassium. These nutrients play an important role in a healthy diet, but they will not treat or reverse cataract formation. Eucalyptus honey is honey that has eucalyptus oil added for flavor. Some people use this oil for conditions such as infections, but eucalyptus does not have any known benefit in treating cataracts. In fact, large quantities of eucalyptus oil might have a toxic effect, so you should use any eucalyptus products with great caution and only under the care of your doctor.

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Cataract Treatment

The only known way to effectively treat cataracts is with surgery. During this process, an eye surgeon will remove the cloudy lens and replace this with a clear, artificial lens. The surgery takes only a few minutes, but your doctor will have you remain in the surgery center for an hour or so to make sure you do not have any side effects from the surgery or medications. Your doctor will schedule follow-up visits during the healing process to ensure the healing process is steady, and you will need to use eye drops to prevent infection and aid in healing. Most people have good vision results after this procedure.

Prevention

Eucalyptus-infused honey will not treat cataracts, but the vitamin C found in honey might help slow down the progression of cataract growth. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and antioxidants might help prevent damage to the cells that make up your natural lens. Honey alone might not provide the necessary nutrition for prevention, so you might need to look at additional food sources of vitamin C and other beneficial nutrients such as vitamin E, lutein and zeaxanthin. Other foods with vitamin C include oranges, papaya, strawberries and green peppers. Vitamin E foods include most seeds and nuts, such as sunflower seeds and almonds. The antioxidant pigments lutein and zeaxanthin will often accompany one another. Foods rich in these nutrients include kale, spinach and turnip greens.

Considerations

Talk with your doctor about the role of nutrition in preventing cataracts. She can help you form a diet plan that will benefit your eyes and your general health. She can also help you determine how much of each nutrient you require each day. If you choose to use eucalyptus honey, talk with your doctor about the possible side effects associated with eucalyptus oil to determine if this is the appropriate honey for your general health.

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