Say Goodbye to Blurry Vision: Secrets to Clear Eyes This Cataract Awareness Month

Welcome to June! This month, we’re focusing on Cataract Awareness Month, a time to learn about cataracts, how they affect our vision, and ways to keep our eyes healthy. At Feng Shui Farmacy, we believe in blending modern medicine with the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Let’s dive into what cataracts are, how TCM can help, and some fun and easy tips to take care of our eyes.

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts happen when the lens in your eye gets cloudy, making it hard to see clearly. It’s like looking through a foggy window. This condition mostly affects older adults, but other things like diabetes, smoking, too much sun exposure, and certain medications can also cause cataracts. Common symptoms include blurry vision, trouble seeing at night, sensitivity to light, seeing halos around lights, and needing frequent changes in your glasses prescription.

Modern Medical Approach

The best way to treat cataracts is with surgery. During this procedure, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial one. Cataract surgery is very successful and can greatly improve vision and quality of life. However, catching cataracts early through regular eye exams is crucial for effective treatment.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Eye Health

In TCM, the health of your eyes is linked to the balance of your body’s organs, especially the liver and kidneys. TCM practitioners believe that a healthy liver leads to healthy eyes. By taking care of your liver with the right diet, herbs, and acupuncture, you can support your vision and potentially delay cataracts.

TCM Tips for Healthy Eyes
  1. Herbal Remedies: Certain herbs are believed to help the liver and eyes. Chrysanthemum flowers, goji berries, and cassia seeds are popular choices. You can make tea with these herbs or add them to soups.
  2. Acupuncture: Regular acupuncture can improve blood flow to the eyes, reduce eye strain, and promote eye health. Acupuncturists often focus on points like Liver 3 and Gallbladder 20 to support vision.
  3. Healthy Diet: Eating dark leafy greens, colorful veggies, and antioxidant-rich fruits is good for your liver and eyes. Foods like spinach, kale, blueberries, and carrots provide nutrients that benefit your vision.
  4. Eye Exercises: Simple exercises, like rubbing your hands together and placing them over your closed eyes (palming) or focusing on distant objects, can reduce eye strain and improve vision.

Practical Tips for Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

  1. Protect Your Eyes from the Sun: Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays when you’re outside to protect your eyes from harmful sunlight.
  2. Quit Smoking: Smoking increases the risk of cataracts and other eye problems. Quitting can improve your eye health and overall well-being.
  3. Manage Health Conditions: Conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure can increase the risk of cataracts. Keeping these conditions under control with a healthy lifestyle and regular check-ups is essential for eye health.
  4. Regular Eye Exams: Make sure to get your eyes checked regularly, especially if you’re over 60 or have risk factors for cataracts. Early detection leads to better treatment outcomes.
  5. Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water helps keep your eyes and body healthy. Dehydration can cause dry eyes and other issues.

Fun Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

  1. Vision-Friendly Smoothies: Make tasty smoothies packed with eye-healthy ingredients. Try blending spinach, kale, carrots, and berries with some orange juice for a delicious and nutritious drink.
  2. Outdoor Activities: Enjoy activities like hiking, gardening, or playing sports. Just remember to wear protective eyewear to guard against the sun.
  3. Relaxing Eye Masks: Use cool cucumber slices or chilled tea bags as eye masks to reduce puffiness and refresh your eyes. It’s a relaxing way to care for your vision.


Cataract Awareness Month is a great reminder to take care of our eyes. By combining modern medicine with the holistic practices of TCM, we can support our vision in a balanced way. Let’s embrace this month with a focus on clear vision and overall wellness.