Many people have vision problems caused by cataracts; which are cloudy areas on the eye lens that prevent light from reaching the retina. Exposure to sunlight, aging, injury to the eye, or certain diseases can cause this condition.
Individuals with cataracts may experience fuzzy vision, glare, or double vision in one eye. Because vision loss happens slowly, some patients may never develop symptoms that require treatment. Surgery is the most invasive treatment available; however, it is only necessary when quality of life decreases due to vision loss. While cataract surgery is the primary treatment for this condition, other methods of treatment may be effective depending on the individual, or condition severity.
The surgical procedure for treating this condition involves replacing the clouded lens with an intraocular lens implant, or IOL. This form of treatment is for most severe cases.
DMSO Eye Drops
Some patients have a positive response to the use of eye drop remedies. One effective formula contains 6.25 percent DMSO- Dimethyl sulfoxide, 1.25 percent vitamin C and 1.25 percent glutathione. Studies show that in some cases the eye drops help to reverse cataract symptoms.
Digestive Enzyme Therapy
Another therapy involves the use of digestive enzymes to improve blood circulation in the eyes. These enzymes are also helpful for eliminating debris from the eyes. Enzymes used include pepsin, microbial protease, pancreatin, serrapeptase, bromelain and superoxide dismutase,
Researchers in Moscow have shown that treating the eyes with n-acetylcarnosine, or NAC, drops can prevent the formation of cataracts and slowly eliminate existing cataracts. This remedy is effective because cataracts form when sugars and proteins react to form products that alter lipids, DNA, and proteins. The result causes a discoloration of the lens. NAC prevents this reaction, known as glycation.
Cineraria maritima, also known as dusty miller, is an herb that contains a juice shown to be effective for dissolving cataracts. The tincture is diluted with saline water, allowing the patient to receive the full effect of the herb.
Speak with your Eye Care Specialist today to see if alternative treatments to cataract surgery may be right for you.