Learn how you can treat your cataracts naturally
Roughly 20 percent of all individuals over age 60 have at least early-stage cataracts, and by age 75, that number goes up to 80 percent.
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. The lens of the eye is formed of water and various proteins that are initially clear. Changes in these proteins from free-radical damage and glycation cause them to turn opaque. This loss of transparency makes it difficult for light to pass through the eye to the retina, and vision becomes cloudy or hazy.
Cataracts often form first around the outside of the lens. This can cause halos to appear around lights or a blurring effect of the peripheral vision. If these initial changes aren’t noted or caught during an eye exam, they can progress until the entire visual field becomes affected. The earlier you can detect any cataract formation, the better the chances of reversing or stopping the problem from progressing.
Natural, Surgery-Free Cataract Treatment
Currently, surgery is the primary form of treatment, but there has been some very promising cataract treatment research out of Russia that could replace the need for invasive procedures.
Dr. Mark Babizhayev and his colleagues at the Helmholtz Eye Institute in Moscow have been studying the effects of the natural compound N-acetylcarnosine (N-AC—not to be confused with N-acetylcysteine) since about 1991.
Dr. Babizhayev has discovered that he has been able to prevent cataract formation by applying a 1 percent liquid solution of N-AC directly to the eye. Even better news is that his eye drops have actually reduced and eliminated age-related cataracts. These results have all been accomplished without surgery or drugs.
Cataracts result from a clouding of the eye’s lens, which never stops growing—much like your hair and nails. Lenses grow from the outside in, though, meaning that the cells at the center are the oldest. As the cells age they are subjected to oxidation and a process called glycation, in which sugars combine with proteins. N-AC eye drops have been shown to prevent and reverse the cross-linking of the lens proteins that leads to opacification and impairs vision.
Measurable effects have been seen using the drops after only a month of use, and there have been no side effects. (Some patients do occasionally notice a temporary “blurring” in their vision for an hour or two following use. This effect appears to be from the “melting” or breaking-up of the cataract.)
Research suggests that reversal of the cataract starts at the periphery and works its way inward. During the process, which seems to take about six months, vision becomes clearer. Over a six-month period of treatment, more than 41 percent of the eyes treated with N-AC eye drops exhibited improvement in transmission of light through the lens, 88.9 percent showed significant improvement in glare sensitivity, and 90 percent had a significant improvement in visual acuity. In no instances did eyes treated with the drops worsen in any way. Trials have extended for periods of up to two years with only continuingly positive effects being seen.
The research suggests applying one to two drops of N-AC solution in each eye twice daily. The maximum effect on visual acuity generally occurs within the first three to five months of therapy. Those who had their cataracts for less than seven years experienced the quickest and best results. Individuals with cataracts for seven to 15 years obtained good results. While those with cataracts for more than 15 years still showed improvements, they had the least response.