Learn how you can treat your cataracts naturally
Cataracts account for more than 40 percent of all cases of blindness and affect more than 17 million people worldwide. They can be the result of anything from diabetes to steroid use. Currently, surgery is the primary form of treatment, but there has been some very promising cataract treatment research out of Russia that I have been following for the last few years 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.
During this time, Dr. Babizhayev’s work has progressed from extensive laboratory testing in animal models to human studies. 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 of the patients I’ve spoken with, however, did occasionally notice a temporary “blurring” in their vision for an hour or two following their use. This effect appears to be from the “melting” or breaking-up of the cataract.)
Dr. Babizhayev’s reports suggest that the 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. He has shown that over a six-month period of treatment, over 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. His trials have extended for periods of up to two years with only continuingly positive effects being seen.
Dr. Babizhayev recommends 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.
See Your Way to the Drops
I’ve been following this research for years, but it’s only recently that the therapeutic eye drops have become available commercially. Thanks to the Internet, you can now obtain Dr. Babizhayev’s formulated product (called Can-C) in the US. There are some competing products that are also being sold in this country. Due to FDA considerations, however, no one marketing these products in the US will advertise their products as being a treatment for cataracts. Instead, they will be for “eye health,” et cetera.
I’ve spoken with numerous individuals, and the two formulas that I mention above appear to work equally well. The standard package available for sale (five 2-mL vials) costs around $40 and will last 35 days if you use two drops per eye per day, or 75 days if you use only one drop per eye. It’s definitely a bargain in anyone’s book when you compare the other options for getting rid of cataracts—such as surgery.