What is a Cataract?
An eye cataract is a foggy development in the lens of your eyes that can make it difficult to see. The clear lens of the eye is what allows light and images to refract onto the retinas and from there be sent to the brain as nerve signals; and if the lens becomes cloudy, images and light end up obstructed from the retina. If left untreated, cataract symptoms are vision loss, issues with light glare, color contrasts, and inability to operate motor vehicles safely.
Cataracts are very common in the elderly, as over time the structure of the lens fibers denatures and yellow-brown pigment is deposited in the lens. Cataracts can also be caused by UV radiation, genetics in the case of children, skin diseases, smoking, and eye trauma (inflammation can thicken and whiten the lens fibers, remaining even after the inflammation subsides).
Folk Medicine for Cataract Treatment
On this page you can find a number of natural and folk remedies submitted to Earth Clinic by people from all over the world. Castor oil and a vitamin C formula are considered the most popular treatments by our readers, but we are always interested in what you are using or have used to treat your cataracts. We encourage you to share your experience in treating cataracts at home!
Apple Cider Vinegar
10/28/2009: Jean from Phelps, Ny, Usa: "Have you heard of using apple cider vinegar to treat cataracts by cleansing the eye with it?"Replies
09/20/2011: Ellen from Corpus Christi, Tx replies: "Yes, I have. I believe my source was the _____ Apple Cinder Vinegar book. I'm not sure. I am looking for it again because I now have a cataract. I'm willing to give it a try. Good luck."
12/22/2011: Eleanor from Red Lodge, Montana: "Dear friends, there is a tried and true method for dogs and I am hoping it can be replicated more cheaply. It is developed in the Soviet Union and is available online for $140 or so a tiny bottle-but it works. It is called ____ and contains an amino acid, l-acytlcarnitine. I thought since it had carnitine in it it might be a nutrient found in beef?? Trying to break it down to something local, natural and affordable. But it completely clears up my old dog's cataracts and can be used less for maintenance. Not approved for humans. The sooner you start it the better. About 2-3 times a day at first, then when they're clear, about a few times a week, depending upon the dog, for maintenance. I stop it except for watering down remnants in the bottle during the winter when she's less active and a bottle lasts me most of the summer if I husband it. Gives her practical sight vs. Bumping into things. Miraculous and real. Online accessible. If anyone can replicate it through foods, supplements, please tell me. My vet gets it for me but anyone can order it. Merry Christmas!"Replies
02/18/2012: Nickie from Ruislip, Uk replies: "The amino acid is actually not carnitine but Carnosine which is obtainable as eyedrops. Apparently it can also be taken orally which also benefits the complexion."
05/08/2012: Naomi from Chassell, Mi Usa replies: "Carnosine eye drops are made by several companies. I bought a brand for abour $25.50-lasts about 1 month. I bought another brand & found the exact same packaging & ingedients for almost double the price. I have been using it for 5 months for cataracts without noticing a difference. I was told it works for 90% of people."
12/06/2011: Dud from From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa: "I don't have cataracts, and have never used any products to cure them, or halt them. In my reading on the internet a few weeks ago, I came across this information about some eye-drops that have been tested on cataract patients, and it was said that they were proven to help many patients both 1. Halt the deterioration, 2. Reverse the cataract damage partially, perhaps totally in some cases. The eye-drops were developed by a russian man.
I do not know if they will work for you, or not. Have someone help you do some research on it.
Carnosine for Cataracts
By Katina Blue, eHow Contributor
Carnosine for Cataracts - Carnosine in eye drop form is effective for treating cataracts.
Every eye has a lens that is similar to the lens of a camera. The lens helps with vision clarity, and it aids in focusing on objects. Cataracts is a condition that causes cloudiness to develop in an eye lens. It can cause impaired vision and blindness if untreated. Although surgery is generally used to treat cataracts, carnosine eye drops are effective for reversing this condition.
In 1987, Dr. Alan Babizhayev, a Russian researcher, and his colleagues were the first to propose L-carnosine, a form of carnosine, as a possible treatment for cataracts. They developed N-acetylcarnosine eye drops to treat the condition. After the drops were used in human and animal clinical trials, positive results were documented. Since then, other research studies have been done on carnosine's effects on cataracts.
Carnosine is a molecule composed of two amino acids, alanine and histidine. It is a natural antioxidant found in several tissues of the body, including heart muscle, skeletal muscle and the brain. Low levels of a certain type of carnosine are also naturally produced in your eyes. Carnosine is generally administered in eye drop form to treat cataracts. In addition to treating cataracts, carnosine is used to treat ulcers, reverse aging and heal wounds.
When a buildup of protein forms on an eye's lens, abnormal clumps develop, causing a cataract to form. The clumps of protein cause the opaque appearance of a cataract affected eye. Carnosine stops the formation of these clumps and helps to dissolve the cataract. It also prevents glycation, a chemical process that interferes with cell function by causing a reaction between blood sugars and proteins in the lenses of our eyes.
As of 2010, there are no documented side effects to using carnosine. When used in very high doses, some short-term effects of it are drowsiness and shallow sleep. Although no major side effects have been reported, watch for any reactions after use and report any abnormalities to your physician.
Various studies done on humans and animals show that carnosine effectively dissolves cataracts over time. According to Dr. Babizhayev, when a group of cataract patients was treated with carnosine eye drops, 41. 5 percent showed a significant improvement in vision clarity and 88. 9 percent improved in regard to sensitivity and glare. These patients were studied over 24 months and the effectiveness was sustained during that time.
Non-Surgical Cataract Reversal
"N-Acetyl-Carnosine (Can-C) Cataract Eye Drops - Approved by Innovative Vision Products.. "
"In clinical trials 90% had improvement in visual acuity.. " Patients instilled 2 drops of Can-C into each eye 2 to 4 times a day, for a period of 6 months. These results set an unprecedented benchmark for the treatment and reversal of cataracts and other eye disorders.. "Clinical Trials
Initial Results in only 3 months time.. Optimal Results within 6 - 12 months!
Over the last 10 years this, non-invasive, N-acetylcarnosine eye drop, has generated Thousands of reports of Safe and Effective Cataract Reversal
Mark Babizhayev MA, PhD, is the principle Russian researcher behind the development of N-acetylcarnosine eye drops for the treatment of cataract. Meet Dr. Mark Babizhayev MA PhD
There are no more doubts regarding the effectiveness of this miraculous eye repair in a drop that originated from years of Russian research.
Can-C Eye Drops applied for 6-months, (twice daily into the eye), in patients suffering from senile cataract, had the following results:
90% had an improvement in visual acuity.
88.9% had an improvement of glare sensitivity.
41.5% had an improvement of the transmissivity of the lens.
"I used Can-C eye drops for 4-months with amazing results. My vision in my left eye improved from 20/40 to 20/25 and upon renewal of my driving license, the eye glass restriction was eliminated! "
Richard Lippman MD, Hawaii
To date Dr. Babizhayevs' N-Acetylcarnosine eye drop is the only cataract treatment that has been proven in controlled clinical trials to be effective in the treatment of cataracts and safe for long term use. Look for the following statement on any box you purchase to be sure you are purchasing Dr. Babizhayevs' patent protected formula. - "Approved by Innovative Vision Products.. "
Learn why Dr. Babizhayevs' N-Acetylcarnosine eye drops are the only ones that actually work- click here!
04/09/2013: Sama from Edinburgh, Scotland replies: "Please research and read about Urine therapy for cataracts. Lots of information online. Tried it for first time this am, no smarting, pain or unpleasantness. Eyebath flicked eye about 20-30 times. Changed the liquid and did the other eye. Contact lens wearer with poor eyesight I shall perseverse and watch with interest. Taking internally as well."
05/12/2013: M S Syed from Ahmedabad: "I have cataract initial stage and want to avoid surgery of cataract. I hope cataract can reverse using castor oil but it is my eyes and dont want take any risk of dropping castor oil in my eyes.... It is my eyes and dont want to take any risk. It it 100% safe?"
02/14/2013: Paul from Scottsdale, Az: "I feel a little confused as to which castor oil drops for eyes (cataracts) to buy. Because my eyes are my "eyes", I need to feel reassured that what I put on them is okay, safe (e.g. if castor oil dissolves cataracts, will it dissolve other things related to the eyes too, like good things?).
Also, there are 6 areas that some companies say are important related to putting something on your eyeball. I value knowing facts. I value learning from what anyone knows about these items (so I can understand and choose the right castor oil for my eyes). Thank You. Here they are:
4. Ozone treated
6. Pharmaceutical quality
I want to be educated and anything you can share would be MOST appreciated. Thank you, Paul Michael"
09/28/2012: Cheryl from Bacliff, Texas: "I have now purchased my bottle of cold pressed castor oil.... Just like they say, it doesn't hurt a bit, it feels good. I am desperately trying to get rid of my cataract. First question... How long do I do this treatment? Second question, if it dissolves a cataract, will it destroy or dissolve anything else in the eye that my harm your vision further than what the cataract is doing?"Replies
10/11/2013: Yohanan from Israel replies: "Try reading my article "Cataract Removal Without Surgery" by googling it. There are two other articles there as well."
05/31/2012: "I have cataracts and I am at the begining stages. I do not want surgery and have been researching natural cures. I have to admit the thought of putting castor oil in my eyes is more than a scary thought. I think if I just put plain ole motor oil in my eye it would work as well. ( Of course I would never do that ). Anyway I need more info before I put something that drastic in my eye little lone my body. Any information on this subject would be great. jg4837(at)att.net Yes I live in the show me state. Ha"
[NAY] 11/05/2009: Blanche from New Iberia, Louisiana, United States: "Castor oil for cataracts—I have faithfully applied castor oil to one eye for three months. I very much hoped it would remove it, but my eye doctor did not find any improvement at all, and in fact, said it was worse. To those who wondered about it's safety, I can say it did no harm. My eyelashes became softer and somewhat fuller. I used the regular castor oil from the pharmacy because I didn't know how to get the cold-pressed. I don't know if that mattered."Replies
11/06/2009: Blanche from New Iberia, La replies: "My previous post sounded like a contradiction. When I said the castor oil did no harm I meant there was no burning or unpleasant effect to my eye when I used it. As to whether it made the cataract worse, I am not saying it did. What I conclude is that cataracts get worse no matter what you do."
[YEA] 02/01/2012: Trudy from Evans, Wa Usa replies: "A couple 2-3 mos. ago I began seeing double headlights on oncoming cars and a double time (time projected clock) on ceiling at night. I was told upon examination I had a "ripe" cataract in my right eye... After being told for 20 yrs. "... You have a cataract forming in your right eye... ". I did the Castor Oil "cure" (w/100% organic certified cold pressed) a drop in each eye for 8 nights. Soon no more double headlights or time and my eyelashes now grow 2 rows and thicker. Yesterday the doc told me "... It's gone but w/castor oil it may come back.... " But I'm getting new glasses and feel so much better. Now, to get rid of my ET in my left hand......."
06/20/2009: Kelly from Nashville, Tn: "for Joyce in Joelton - castor oil: Joyce, I saw your comments on using castor oil in your eye. I had previously read something about using a couple of drops in the eye each night for cataracts. Have you heard anything about this? I was thinking of trying it on my dog who has a catarac. My vet says to try it, she doesn't think it could cause any harm. Thanks! Kelly"Replies
06/21/2009: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hello Kelly, I went looking for the answer to your question and found one posted on Earth Clinic.com under castor oil cures. It was posted by another sharer and does state that a couple of drops of castor oil in the eyes nightly will dissolve cataracts. I found a lot of other interesting stuff while looking, including that castor oil also has antibacterial action.
I can't vouch for the removal of the cataracts, but I can vouch for it does no harm to the eye, only good, I have never had a painful eye from getting foreign object in it clear so quickly. I will use it first for eye problems in the future."
09/15/2012: Cheryl from Baclif, Texas replies: "PLEASE, I need some good quality advice!! I have been reading the pros and cons of the castor oil. Some say it is safe to use in your eyes, while others say it isn't. I had my right cataract removed a few years ago when I had insurance. My left eye is so cloudy (it doesn't look cloudy, but I see everything cloudy). I am about ready to start wearing a patch over my left eye because it is really starting to distort my vision. I don't qualify for insurance because I am diabetic. I can't afford the cataract operation (the cheapest I have found WITH a discount is $3200). I would love to just get rid of this ugly vision. HELP!!!"
09/16/2012: Anonymous from Thankful For Earth Clinic, Love replies: "Not sure about castor oil but read of a woman accidently splashing coconut water in her eye and her cataract disappeared. Perhaps you can google, read the story and go from there. Best wishes for clear vision!"
09/16/2012: Alt-rocks from Felixstowe, Suffolk, United Kingdom replies: "I use castor oil in my eyes when I feel a sty coming on, it gets rid of the sty within 12 hours and I have never suffered any side effects."
09/17/2012: Gigi from Edison, Nj replies: "I had some kind of "pink eye?" blister inside my eye, somewhat painful... I started putting castor oil in it and after a week the blister all but disappeared. I would also wash the eye with plain water, every other day."
09/17/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "I've used a 50/50 mixture of castor oil and VCO which I rubbed into and around my eye sockets in order to get rid of bags under the eyes and to help tighten up the skin naturally. Castor oil and coconut oil are also strongly anti-pathogenic and anti-fungal and when I rubbed it into my eye sockets and eyelids, I would inevitably get some of this mixture in my eyes. To me this was a benefit, since small amounts of castor oil and VCO in the eyes actually helps to protect eye health as well."
[YEA] 01/03/2009: Brooke from Montgomery, TX: "A couple of drops of Castor Oil (cold pressed only) put into the eyes right before you go to sleep will also get rid of cataracts."Replies
02/14/2009: Helen from Long Island, New York replies: "I went to the health food store to get the cold pressed castor oil and on the bottle it says not to get it near the eyes. I am a firm believer of castor oil and have used it for years, but not the cold pressed. What is the difference and why does it say not to use it near the eyes?"
03/06/2009: Esther from Ashland, Ky replies: "i had an eye exam about 5 years ago. he said i had the beginning of cataracts but i dont remember if they were in both eyes. if i use the castor oil in an eye that doesnt have a catarac will it harm the eye?"
03/07/2009: Judy from Meldrim, GA replies: "Someone from Long Island was asking why the label on castor oil said not to use near the eyes. Well, I called 2 different companies that sell castor oil and asked about that. Both said that they do not actually know if is is harmful for the eyes or not, but the FDA or somebody requires they put that warning on the label if they have not tested to see if it is safe for use in the eyes. It is because they had done skin testing that it is legal for the bottle to say it is safe to apply to the skin.
I'd like to know if anyone else other than the one "yea" testimony has proof it is safe since I'd like to try it as well."
03/07/2009: Dianna from Austin, Tx replies: "castor oil will not harm your eyes. i frequently massage my eyelashes and the edge of my eyelids with castor oil (the regular non-cold pressed kind at the moment) and it doesn't even make my eyes blurry and doesn't burn at all. since i have been doing this it also seems to have helped my vision and my eyes aren't red as often."
03/07/2009: Judy from Meldrim, GA replies: "Another bit of information for Helen from Long Island who wonders why castor oil bottles may say not to use near the eyes: I just read about pink eye in the ailments section on this (earth clinic)site -- and one of the cures given is drops of castor oil put in the eyes. The person recommending it said they used it repeatedly as needed for different instances of pink eye - so it would appear to be safe, as least from their comments."
11/16/2010: Judye from Central N.c. , Usa replies: "Brook, you said that the 2 drops of cold pressed castor Oil in the eye at bed time will remove the cataract. How do you know this to work? I've read this also but no one has ever said something or some treatment really worked for them or someone they know. I know how I got the cataracts from taking baby asprin for Years for my heart problems and now I am on coumadin to keep my blood thin. The cold pressed castor oil does NOT hurt the eye but it lubricates it as when your eyes start showing they are getting dry the cataracts follow. I have been putting castor oil in my eyes for more than 1 1/2 years maybe 2 yrs. To keep them lubricated at night and upon awaking I put them in again and lay for an hour, also later in the afternoon to lubricate them again. If they start to dry out they get bothered and itchy etc.
They have "NOT" gone away but I am hoping that keeping them lubricated is slowing it down until "IF" there is something I can reverse them without surgery. There is some kind of eye drops developed by a Russian Dr that are suppose to dissolve them but they burn like the dickens and made my vision more blurry. It was $50 per month. I wish Someone who really knew how to dissolve or reverse them would post it out here for all us suffers. I think I heard ACV helps but I do ALL that! "
11/16/2010: Selena from Chula, Ga replies: "I read a study a while back that in lab rats scientists were able to create cataracts and reverse them through the use of Beta-Carotene. Carrot Juice (made fresh not bought) is very high in Beta-Carotene. Maybe you should try that or look for a reputable supplement."
12/05/2010: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "The only thing that I know for sure is that my mother used this remedy on her dog! It is an Edgar Cayce remedy though and he recommended it to a lot of people. He also recommended that you put the scrapings of potatoes on your eye as well. Sorry I don't have more information from a first party trier, but when I told my mother to put a couple of drops in her dogs eyes, it really helped his condition tremendously. He passed before the treatment totally healed him, but he could see again before he went to the other side."
12/09/2010: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "I researched a book called Physician's Reference Notebook and now have an excerpt from that book on what Edgar Cayce told some people to do:
"The following is a summary of the most commonly prescribed treatments. They are aimed at improving the circulation and eliminations and in allowing for better attunement to spiritual forces to provide coordination of the physical, mental and spiritual:
1. Osteopathy. Adjustments in the upper cervical and dorsal segments (C1, 2, 3; DI, 2, 3); sometimes in the lower dorsal coordinating with the upper lumbar. Frequency: about twice weekly for five to six weeks with rest periods of two to three weeks. This was by far the most commonly prescribed treatment.
2. Massage. With peanut oil (sometimes a combination of oils). Frequency is variable. Again twice weekly would be reasonable, though in one instance it was recommended on a daily basis before retiring. Emphasis to spine, mastoid, temple and chin areas.
3. Violet ray treatment. Sometimes recommended only after the first osteopathic series. Would be applied along the spine, head and neck areas for three minutes, then with the double-eye applicator over closed eyes for another one-and-a-half minutes about three times per week. A Glyco-Thymoline or Epsom salt pack may be used over same areas for 20-30 minutes prior to the violet ray treatments. * Discharge from the eyes may occur with these treatments. This should be wiped off with a non-irritating, antiseptic solution. * Potato poultice may also be used after the violet ray treatment. Wash off with weak eye solution that will remove inflammation drawn by the poultice.
4. Eliminations. At least once or twice daily using natural laxatives, e.g. , Eno salts, Fletcher's Castoria, bicarbonate of soda with cracker crumbs, etc. ; colonics, if necessary.
5. Diet. A wholesome diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Seafoods are allowed but no meats or sweets. Raw carrots, lettuce, celery, watercress and the like are beneficial.
6. Vibratory treatment. Another way of stimulating blood flow is, first, rub the body with cold water to produce shock, followed by fast vibratory treatment (reading 3943-1). Frequency and duration not specified. Twice weekly treatment is suggested lasting 20-30 minutes.
7. Spiritual counseling, prayer, and meditation. These are other modalities available to ensure integration of the triune body, mind and spirit. "
An Osteopath that uses the "old school of thought" is hard to find these days - sometimes you will need to go to a Chiropractor instead. Hope this helps!"
12/10/2010: Rob from Manhattan, NY replies: "I would like to add that the American Academy of Osteopathy maintains a list of trained physicians. http://www.academyofosteopathy.org/"
[NAY] 07/22/2013: John from Trang, Thailand: "Re. WARNING. Cataracts. Once again I can thank the medical 'profession' for my ailments/injuries. I have been taking steroids for decades for asthma so this is the major cause and no doubt there are other 'medicines' that cause cataracts.
I checked with four people who had successful removal and went to the same 'doctor/, 'investor'. Would have been better to have saved my money, worn glasses and maybe not drive at night. I now have heavy double eyelids that make me feel tired when I am not, plastic lenses that lasted two years and both have fogged so that the left eye is 50% useless, the right eye is doing the same and will have to pay more money for a two minute operation to have holes burned into the plastic lens that lets in the light, plus who knows what else will get in.
Can't read. Need heaps of light to just make out the type. John ex-artist."
05/08/2012: Thankful from Grateful For Earthclinic!, USA: "Coconut water may help with cataracts."
[YEA] 07/29/2011: Ron from Platteville, Colorado Usa: "Get rid of cataracts without surgery.
Just have the eye doctor call the nearest compounding pharmacy and ask for the following formulation. DMSO 6.25% Glutathione 1.25% Vitamin C 1.25%.
The drops sting a bit, but the stinging passes after about 30 seconds.
The lenses of our eyes respond to high blood sugar levels by helping to remove some of the excess. Unfortunately , the lenses have nowhere to store this access sugar, so over time, it literally " condenses" into cataracts. In other words you could be suffering from sugar-insulin metabolism. So try the eyedrops as a preventative and as a cure. It works for most but not all."
[YEA] 12/17/2007: Laureen Raftopulos from Johannesburg, South Africa: "Glyconutrients were given to my mother on 15-dec-2007 for Cataracts and Glaucoma. My mom is blind in on eye and has 40% vision in the other eye. It has not yet been 2 weeks and already she can read without her glasses on. My mom is 82 and Glaucoma would've lead to blindness. We are thrilled with the results."Replies
10/30/2008: Hasan from Islamabad, Pakistan replies: "Under the topic of Cataracts on 12/17/2007, a Laureen Raftopulos from Johannesburg, South Africa wrote that her mother was given GLYCONUTRIENTS that cured her cataracts within a week. I would appreciate if you could obtain the exact types glyconutrients (brand name, manufacturer, chemical composition & the dosage involved) or otherwise provide me Laureens email to contact her for the details. Thanks & Regards Hasan"
10/30/2009: Jaya from Detroit, Michigan, Usa replies: "I would appreciate it if you could obtain the exact types glyconutrients (brand name, manufacturer, chemical composition & the dosage involved) or otherwise provide me Laureens email to contact her for the details. Thank you! Wishing you best of health. Regards Jaya."
01/05/2010: Linda from Mount Clemens, Michigan, Usa replies: "I am also interested in exactly what glyconutrients Laureen mother was given and in what quantities or dosage.
I would appreciate it if you would pass this e-mail along to Laureen and give her my e-mail so she can contact me directly with the information please.
I have cataracts and am looking at surgery if I don't find another alternative!
Thank you and wishing you all the best in 2010!
EC: Please type "glyconutrients" into a search engine and you will see the word "SCAM" appear repeatedly. We used to have a page on glyconutrients (with mostly negative reviews) but ended up deleting it last year after receiving an email from the legal department of a certain glyconutrient company!
Another thing to note is the date of the original poster's email - 12/2007. We received a few posts on glyconutrients between 2007 - 2009, but they all stopped after February 2009, when a maker of glyconutrients agreed to pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the Texas attorney general. The state alleged that the company made false claims about its health benefits and marketed products as cures and treatments for diseases.
08/09/2013: Raphael from Bangkok: "For cataracts, try taking fresh lemon and pt 1 drop on each eye. Its burns, you'll cry a bit but it will help to clean the eye and keep it healthy. You can do the same with wild honey!! It works even for colds -- some honey in the eye will dry your nose!!"