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Natural Cures for Cataracts

Last Modified on Jun 16, 2015


When it comes to treating eye issues, we literally need to “open our eyes” and look for effective remedies to preserve and maintain eyesight, as seeing is a primary sense for most individuals. This goal is especially important to those individuals already beginning to experience eye health issues, like cataracts. We hope to help you maintain your eyesight and remedy your cataracts using effective natural cures like alpha lipoic acid, phytonutrients, and lutein.

What Are Cataracts?

WebMD defines cataracts as a clouding of the lens of your eye that generally causes vision impairment. The condition is quite common and is believed to affect more than 50% of Americans over the age of 65 alone.

The development of cataracts is typically fairly slow; however, the associated symptoms are often difficult to decipher for patients. If you are developing a cataract, you will likely experience clouded or blurred vision, increased difficulty seeing at night, sensitivity to light or glare, development of “halos” around lights, frequent changes in your glasses prescription, and fading or yellowing of colors. You may even experience double vision in one eye.

Cataracts typically form as the tissues within the lens in your eye break down and form clumps. These clumps cause “clouded” areas on your eye, which in turn impair your eyesight.

Can You Eliminate Cataracts without Surgery?

Many medical professionals claim surgery as the only option for treating cataracts. While this treatment is often the only or at least the best option for treating a progressive, advanced case of cataracts, if you catch the condition early on, you can implement a number of natural cures to treat cataracts effectively. Three of the most effective natural remedies for cataracts are alpha lipoic acid, phytonutrients, and lutein.

1. Alpha Lipoic Acid

Research suggests that alpha lipoic acid is one of the most effective remedies for cataracts. This nutrient is similar to a vitamin and is considered an intensive antioxidant. Alpha lipoic acid functions to eliminate free radicals in your body, which are a major contributor to cataracts. Likewise, this nutrient helps restore vitamin E and vitamin C levels in your body, which help to maintain your eye health. For the best results, take 600mg per mouth twice a day.

2. Phytonutrients

If you are thinking, “Phyto-what?” just hear us out…Phytonutrients are the important plant chemicals that promote healthy cell growth and development. Many of these nutrients also act as antioxidants and help combat free radical damage to your eyes and the rest of your body. You can often find phytonutrient supplements at health food store, or just up your intake of dark colored (green, red, purple, and yellow) fruits and vegetables to make sure you are getting plenty of these important nutrients.

3. Lutein

Dr. Weil highlights lutein as one of the most important nutrients for eye health. This compound is a carotenoid and is a major component of the orange and yellow pigment found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Research emphasizes the importance of lutein for protecting against cataracts and other degenerative eye diseases. You can find lutein in many complex multivitamin-mineral supplements, but also be sure to get an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet to further boost your intake of this nutrient.

Try one of these treatment suggestions, or read below to learn natural ways our readers have remedied cataracts.

References:

Cataracts - http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02915/Cataracts.html
Cataracts - http://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/cataracts
Cataracts and Your Eyes - http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/cataracts/health-cataracts-eyes
Diseases and Conditions: Cataracts - http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cataracts/basics/definition/con-20015113


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Alpha Lipoic Acid   1  0   

Posted by Kurt (Riverview, Florida, Usa) on 01/21/2011

Alpha Lipoic Acid for Cataracts

During the last two years I have been testing the effects of nutrients on my glaucoma and cataracts (not for my myopia and accommodation which have improved recently after I asked for weaker lenses and asigmatism ? but I don't know if nutrients made a difference). For me the cataracts went away in less than a year (both eyes; first evidence noticed in a week) with 100 mg of alpha lipoic acid per day. Last month (after having started pine bark extract [200 mg] for my tinnitus) the doc said I've got new ones ? so I doubled the ALA dose.

After the cataracts had gone away The first time the glaucoma (by retinal, optic nerve, and visual field evidence) went away after I had started 1 g fish oil (w/ EPA and DHA omega-3s).

For others the lack of those nutrients may not seem to be the problem, and it's worth knowing that I was already taking extra vitamin C (1 g for colds resistance), D (2000 IU for bone health, etc. ), Calcium (500 mg with Mg for osteoporosis), E (400 IU for benefits including eye health), and iodine-iodide (Lugol's soln. 12 mg for benefits including eye health). That's on top of a Paleo diet for ten years that is mostly raw, organic vegetables, sprouts, fruits, nuts, fish (wild salmon) And fowl. At age 66 now, my BP has been about 110/70 at 55, blood chem perfect, And I've had to continue prescription drops for my elevated IOP for lack of a natural alternative.

Replied by Wdickson
Washington, Dc, District Of Columbia, USA
09/02/2012

Replied by Frankie
Raleigh, Nc
09/05/2012

Can you be more specific on the source of the nac eye drops and where to get them?
Replied by Kurt
Tampa, Fl
06/04/2014

[YEA]   I posted the following on January 21,2011 but it seems to have vanished. Slightly updated today.

During the last two years I have been testing the effects of nutrients on my glaucoma and cataracts (not for my myopia and accommodation which have improved recently after I asked for weaker lenses and astigmatism – but I don't know if nutrients made a difference). For me the cataracts went away in less than a year (both eyes; first evidence noticed in a week) with 100 mg of alpha lipoic acid per day. Last month (after having started pine bark extract [200 mg] for my tinnitus) the doc said I've got new ones … so I doubled the ALA dose.

After the cataracts had gone away the first time the glaucoma (by retinal, optic nerve, and visual field evidence) went away after I had started 1 g fish oil (w/ EPA and DHA omega-3s).

For others the lack of those nutrients may not seem to be the problem, and it's worth knowing that I was already taking extra vitamin C (1 g for colds resistance), D (2000 IU for bone health, etc. ), Calcium (500 mg with Mg for osteoporosis), E (400 IU for benefits including eye health), and iodine-iodide (Lugol's soln. 12 mg for benefits including eye health). That's on top of a Paleo diet for ten years that is mostly raw, organic vegetables, sprouts, fruits, nuts, fish (wild salmon) And fowl. At age 66 now, my BP has been about 110/70 at 55, blood chem perfect, and I've had to continue prescription drops for my elevated IOP for lack of a natural alternative.

06/04/14 (IOP = Intra Ocular Pressure; 12 mg Lugol's 2% is 4 drops). Now 13 years Paleo.


EC: Hi Kurt,

Sorry, one of the moderators mistakenly put your post from 2011 in the "Ted's Remedies" section of the cataracts page. We've fixed the title so it's appearing now under Alpha Lipoic Acid and attached this post to it.

Aniseed, Coriander, Carrot Juice   0  0   

Posted by Marcin (Toronto, Canada) on 04/21/2015

I just went to an Ayurvedic bookstore and read in a book that aniseed mixed with coriander (1) and fresh carrot juice (2) drank daily might be a remedy for cataracts. I am going to try it out.

Apple Cider Vinegar   0  0   

Posted by Jean (Phelps, Ny, Usa) on 10/28/2009

Have you heard of using apple cider vinegar to treat cataracts by cleansing the eye with it?

Replied by Ellen
Corpus Christi, Tx
09/20/2011

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.
Replied by Mary
New York, Ny
04/04/2014

Glutathione is found in very high concentrations in the lens of the eye and plays a vital role in keeping the lens healthy. Specifically, glutathione functions as an antioxidant, maintains the structure of the lens proteins, acts in various enzyme systems, and participates in amino acid and mineral transport. Glutathione levels are diminished in virtually all forms of cataracts. To raise glutathione levels, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables containing the most glutathione per serving include asparagus, peppers, carrots, onion, broccoli, avocados, squash, spinach, garlic, tomatoes, grapefruit, apples, oranges, peaches bananas and melon. The glutathione content in these foods is substantially higher than in their cooked counterparts. Dr. Murray has found that not only can the progression of cataract formation be stopped, but it can even be reversed in the early stages. However, significant reversal of well-developed cataracts does not appear possible at this time. In cases of marked vision impairment, cataract removal and lens implant may be the only alternative. As with most diseases, prevention or treatment at an early stage is most effective. Here is the website with the information http://doctormurray.com/health-conditions/cataracts/

Carnosine   0  0   

Posted by Eleanor (Red Lodge, Montana) on 12/22/2011

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!

Replied by Nickie
Ruislip, Uk
02/18/2012

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.
Replied by Naomi
Chassell, Mi Usa
05/08/2012

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.

Posted by Dud (From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa) on 12/06/2011

Replied by Sama
Edinburgh, Scotland
04/09/2013

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.

Castor Oil   4  1   

Posted by Gator (Kamloops, Bc Canada) on 01/25/2015

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I tried the Castor Oil in my eyes and each time my heart rate accelerated so I had to stop. Anyone know why this would happen?

Posted by Sandy (Il, US) on 12/22/2014

Can somebody tell me me which castor oil to use for cataract? Is it cold pressed, cold processed organic? and where to buy?

Replied by Sharon
Arizona
12/23/2014

[YEA]   I went to Sprouts and found the Now brand of Castor Oil which says it is 100% pure and on the back of the bottle it says that it is considered food grade and that is what you should use. Don't use the other castor oil product that even says not to use in your eyes but only in a pack on your body elsewhere. It feels good in my eyes and I will let you know when it dissolves my cataract. I am putting 2 drops in my cataract eye and one in my other eye. Good luck!
Replied by Greta
Kamloops, Bc Canada
01/16/2015

[SIDE EFFECTS]   I used the NOW brand of Castor Oil in my eye at bedtime and every time my heart would just race for quite some time. I kept it up for a week with no difference, but the elevated heart rate was so uncomfortable I stopped using it. Could anyone enlighten me why this would happen? With thanks
Replied by Sandy
Il
02/09/2015

Thank you Sharon. I will try and let you know about my cataract when it dissolves. God Bless all those who have contributed to develop this site and bless all those who write their experiences.
Replied by Elaine F.
New Brighton, Mn
04/07/2015

Go to https://normshealy.com/castor-oil-for-cataracts/ -- he says "Each night, at bedtime, place into each eye one drop of USP castor oil. The reason for bedtime is that the vision will be clouded for a while because of the oil, but it is used up overnight. DO NOT USE THE CASTOR OIL YOU WOULD USE FOR CASTOR OIL PACKS OR BATHS! Cataracts disappear over 2 to 6 months, depending on the degree of development..."

Posted by Lynn (Victoria B C, Canada) on 06/25/2014

[YEA]  I had very small cataracts in eyes 3 years ago (age 66), just had visit to eye Dr. today and confirmed I have perfect eyes. Initially told I had to go with the flow as there was nothing I could do about it other then surgery down the road. However, I have been taking 1-2 drops of " CASTOR OIL " in each eye 5 nights a week for mostly redness/ a little dryness , also a daily warm water compress will relax and add moisture. So stop and rest for 15 minutes daily to revive your eyes. We are so fortunate to have everything at our finger tips and with a little research from these terrific sites we can go natural as that is how it was always meant to be .

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
06/26/2014

Lynn, what type of Castor Oil did you use?

Posted by Olivia (Bahamas) on 01/23/2014

I have cataracts in Both of my eyes and my eyes do be red and I don't like when people ask me if I been dtinking or smoking and I dont smoke, but I do have a drink or two but that's it. And even when I yawn my eyes turn glassy and red thats my reason for looking online to see how to reverse it. They are small but I was looking online and it says I can put castore oil in my eye. I got some organic castor oil hexane free cold pressed the psalmist from the hertiage store. Is that good to put in my eyes. If I can put it in my eyes how many times a day can I put it in my eyes and exactly how to put it in my eyes meaning do I put it on the pupil or on the corner of my eyes do I close my eye and rub it in or just blink a few times.

Posted by M S Syed (Ahmedabad) on 05/12/2013

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?

Replied by Dalha
Katsina, Nigeria
06/15/2015

Which Type?! And where to buy!

Posted by Paul (Scottsdale, Az) on 02/14/2013

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:
1. Organic
2. Hexane-free
3. Sterile
4. Ozone treated
5. Cold-pressed
6. Pharmaceutical quality

I want to be educated and anything you can share would be MOST appreciated. Thank you, Paul Michael

Posted by Cheryl (Bacliff, Texas) on 09/28/2012

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?

Replied by Yohanan
Israel
10/11/2013

Try reading my article "Cataract Removal Without Surgery" by googling it. There are two other articles there as well.

on 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

Posted by Blanche (New Iberia, Louisiana, United States) on 11/05/2009

[NAY]  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.

Replied by Blanche
New Iberia, La
11/06/2009

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.
Replied by Trudy
Evans, Wa Usa
02/01/2012

[YEA]   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.......
Replied by Sharon
Tampa, FL
10/08/2014

Just a fyi on castor oil. The pharmacy brands are highly processed, and tend not to work on cataracts and other uses. The cold pressed castor oil retains it's properties and gives a better success rate.

Posted by Kelly (Nashville, Tn) on 06/20/2009

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

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
06/21/2009

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.

Replied by Cheryl
Baclif, Texas
09/15/2012

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!!!
Replied by Anonymous
Thankful For Earth Clinic, Love
09/16/2012

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!
Replied by Alt-rocks
Felixstowe, Suffolk, United Kingdom
09/16/2012

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.
Replied by Gigi
Edison, Nj
09/17/2012

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.
Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
09/17/2012

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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.


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