Is it possible to reverse cataracts? I have a personal reason for investigating this question...
My Dad is developing a cataract in at least one eye. Of course, he can have surgery, but a further complication of cataract surgery is...
It increases your risk for developing macular degeneration, according to the research I've done.
Macular degeneration is an even more serious condition that I'm hoping and praying Dad doesn't have to deal with.
So what can be done to change cataracts into a clear lens again?
Since I've not had cataracts, I can't answer from personal experience, but I can share with you what I'd like my Dad to know.
There is more than one nutrient that has the ability to improve eye health, and change that cloudy lens back to a clear one again. Let's explore them now.
The top antioxidant that can prevent, and if you already have them, also reverse cataracts is N-Acetyl-Carnosine, abbreviated NAC.
When NAC is applied to your eyes, in a 1% solution eye drop, over a period of six months to two years, it slowly dissolves the cataract and restores clarity to your vision.
This was demonstrated by a two year scientific study using this nutrient on older people with cataracts.
The people who participated in the study used two drops twice a day to achieve improvement in their eyesight.
In addition, several other antioxidant vitamins are essential to good eyesight. They are Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and the B vitamin, Riboflavin. If you can eat foods high in these vitamins, or supplement with them orally, it will certainly help your eyes heal.
One source recommended 1500 mg. of Vitamin C a day. To reach that dosage, you will probably need to supplement.
Certain herbs are also very good for your eyes.
Bilberry extract is probably the best herb to improve your eye's health. It will improve circulation to your eyes, act as an antioxidant in the eye, and help other essential nutrients make it to your eyes
In addition you can use an eye wash made of triphala tea. This wash has been used in India for many years to improve vision. The wash, made of cooled tea, should be used three times a day to provide the most improvement.
Drinking green tea also gives your eyes a boost because it is high in antioxidants and works to improve the eye's muscle tone.
In addition to the above nutrients, several minerals such as zinc, copper, and iron are needed for eye health, so be sure you're taking a multivitamin that includes minerals as well.
Finally, methylsulfonylmethane (MSN) is an important nutrient because it provides sulfur, which is also necessary for your eye's health.
There are a few other things that can be done to improve the overall health of your eyes.
You can reverse cataracts without surgery. If your eyes are so bad you already need surgery it may be months before they improve enough that they don't hinder your vision, but cataracts are not irreversible.
Although you can find the needed nutrients from many different places, I would recommend these eye drops for best results. They have the same nutrient strength as what was used in the study.Life Extension Foundation also offers eye drops with NAC, but the strength is not specified. However,if you want to take your antioxidants orally instead of using drops, I'd highly recommend their Super Zeaxanthin with Lutein, Meso-Zeaxanthin Plus Astaxanthin and C3G, 60 softgels. Click on the previous link, or on the image in the right column above, to visit their website.
If you can't afford either of the above choices, find high quality vitamins and supplements at Vitamin World, or Vitacost for the most economical choices.
If you are considering surgery, why not wait six months and provide your eyes with the nutrients to reverse cataracts and see how much your eyes might improve naturally, before scheduling that surgery.