I understand oculists to say that cataract is incurable. My experience leads me to ask the oculists what, in addition to the restoration of sight, is needed to constitute the cure of a case of cataract? Is it possible to see clearly through a diseased lens? For instance :
Case 1. A woman, sixty-three years of age, presented the following symptoms : Nullipara. Had experienced great trouble at the menopause. Weakness of memory, absent- minded, inattentive and distracted; anxious melancholy, stubborn, dictatorial; thinking of complaints aggravated them. Felt as if the anterior half of the inner surface of the skull were lined with mustard; darting pain in left vertex; sometimes empty feeling. Photophobia, eyes itched and burned, continually rubbed them. Blurry before the eyes, varying in degree at different times, with inclination to close them. Frequent sneezing, followed by fluent coryza. Frequent, profuse epistaxis; itching of tip and also of nose, end of nose knobby and red, net-like appearance of capillaries; naso-pharyngeal, catarrh, which she continually tinkered with local applications. Dry throat, with peculiar tickling, feathery sensation; raw throat, with sensation like heart burn; coughing, mostly dry, later with expectoration of a little mucus, cough relieved by swallowing water; throat felt narrow; when coughing urine spurted. Walking fast and eating caused shortness of breath. Stiffness of neck, could hardly move head; pain in neck down shoulders, arms and wrists. Itching of anus and orifice of urethra. At night could not get a quiet position nor lie still; no sleep until three a. m. on account of nervous, energetic state. All symptoms worse in wet weather. Skin disinclined to heal if wounded. Abuse of Sulphur for scabies in childhood.
A prominent oculist at my request examined the eyes and sent to me the following statement :
“Immature cataract in both eyes, both lenses quite opaque at the periphery. There is also a high degree of myopia, with astigmatism and presbyopia and some weakness of internal recti muscle.”
I prescribed Causticum thirtieth, a powder every night until improvement should appear and then taper off. A little over a year later the oculist wrote : “The eyes seem stronger, no particular change in lenses. I consider she is doing very well, and would advise a continuance of same treatment.”
A year later the oculist said: “I am surprised that she can see so well.”
Three years later she thought she was so well she could do anything with her eyes and abused them so terribly that they became worse. The oculist suggested phosphorus, which I gave. She began to fall off on account of bereavement and bad influences. A nature doctor stopped medicine and starved her. Oculists sneered at medicine, and said, “Wait until the cataracts are ripe and then operate.” Valuable time was wasted. Later, she returned to me. I gave occasionally a dose of Causticum cm. Shortly before her death, which occurred in her eighty-third year, she could read ordinary print and manuscript without glasses.
Case 2. — A tall, slender, over-sensitive, hard working farmer, seventy years of age, noticed a milky haze before his eyes; and said he “couldn’t see across the church.” To see well he wanted a bright light while he was in the dark. Could not find glasses to fit. The oculist discovered cataracts in both eyes (in the milky stage), and said that nothing could be done but to wait five or ten years and then have them operated upon.
The eyes were worse in hot weather and from over-exertion; relieved by lying still. Constipation, large, hard, dry stools, with no urging. Thirst for large quantities of cold water. Stiff neck, arms and shoulders, especially at the insertion of the deltoid muscles. Bryonia, two hundred, in water, relieved greatly.
The following winter he suffered from wet weather; relieved by motion; more uncomfortable in than out of doors. The tongue had a triangular red tip. Rhus tox., two hundredth, relieved this condition.
Five years later the oculist said. “Your eyes are no worse.”
At this juncture I made an important discovery. The eyes felt inflamed from the heat of the fire. That completed the picture of phosphorus. It was gratifying to see the eyes improve under an occasional dose of Phosphorus cm.
Thirteen years after the start his daughter wrote as follows: “Father says that the ‘bushes’ are gone from my eyes, so that it would be hard to find even a leaf. Surely you ought to feel as if you had accomplished a great deal.” Six months later she wrote again, as follows: “Father is so well and busy I can hardly realize that he is eighty-three years and six months old.” The oculist frankly admitted the restoration of sight. It gives me peculiar pleasure to say this, as he belongs to the allopathic school of medicine.