Slowing Cataract Progression: Evidence-Based Natural Remedies

Castor Oil
Posted by Sharon (Tampa, FL) on 10/08/2014
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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.

DMSO, Glutathione, Vitamin C
Posted by Robin (Michigan, USA) on 09/28/2014
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I have used the Rx (1.25% ascorbic acid, 1.25% glutathione, 6.25% DMSO) for about six months ... started with one drop in each eye twice a day ... now doing one drop in each eye every other day. Have not gone for eye exam for objective opinion on reduction of low-level cataracts but I have noticed much clearer vision and better vision in lower levels of light. Previously had to have very bright light levels to see clearly close up. So, it appears to be working effectively for me. Hope this helps give some perspective to this treatment.

Can-C (N-Acetylcarnosine Drops)
Posted by mmsg (somewhere, europe) on 07/01/2021

KS, what helped me was not Castor Oil IN the eyes, but on the lashes and lids. When I remember, I just dab on a little before bed, and if there's anything left on my eyes in the morning, it gets washed off. If I'm remembering the numbers correctly, I went from a 6 to a 2 in probably a year.

Castor Oil
Posted by T.R. Stone (Omaha, Ne) on 05/22/2016
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I was getting my cataract under control with Oclumed eye drops, then switched to the (organic, cold-pressed, hexane-free) castor oil therapy; a week later, I'm practically blind in my cataract eye now---the cloudiness is horrible, easily twice as bad as it was before. All I did was stop using the Oclumed, and (foolishly) went on the castor oil regimen---I didn't do ANYTHING different than before. Now I'm praying that the Oclumed can bring me back to where I was before I decided to try this stupid experiment.

DMSO, Glutathione, Vitamin C
Posted by Bev (Florida) on 05/03/2017
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You can make your own eye drops. First, your doctor will pooh-pooh the idea (as mine did) and a compounding pharmacy will charge you about $100. Buy the very pure DMSO in the blue glass bottle for $19.95 on Amazon and pharmaceutical grade Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) that you can also get from Amazon. You can also get Bulk Supplements' glutathione from Amazon.

Warning: Do not use this formula if you've had cataract surgery--even in just one eye. The DMSO ( a solvent) will blur the plastic lens in the eye. I know because it happened to me.

Glutathione is poorly absorbed when taken orally. I make a my own (absorbable) liposomal combo containing equal amounts of vitamin C and glutathione. This helps macular degeneration.

Unfortunately, I haven't noticed any improvement in my cataract using coconut water drops.

P.S. DMSO has a hundred uses so do a little research. It will be money well spent.

Posted by Frank (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada) on 05/24/2021
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Cataracts & EDTA.

I saw a study that indicated that EDTA might help cure cataracts. This is my experience.

I had an appointment with an eye doctor in November 2019. He indicated I was starting to develop cataracts. I had heard somewhere that EDTA might be a cure. So, I did some investigation on making eye drops using EDTA. I found out that EDTA needed a pH of 8 in order to dissolve. I thought of creating my own pH solution to dissolve the EDTA but decided to check out eye drops to see if any of them had a pH of 8.

I found that 'Systane Ultra' eye drops had a pH of 8. The 'Systane Ultra' dropper bottle was 10 ml. I opened one 600 mg gel capsule of EDTA and dumped the total contents of the capsule into the 10 ml dropper bottle of 'Systane Ultra' eye drops. The EDTA completely dissolved in it with no problem.

So, I used these drops every day and sometimes several times a day. My next appointment was supposed to be in November 2020 but because of covid it was rescheduled to April 20,2021.

The doctor reexamined my eye and found no improvement in the cataract. So, I just wanted to report this to save other people the trouble of doing this experiment again. EDTA for cataracts is also mentioned in the following link:

For what it's worth.


Can-C (N-Acetylcarnosine Drops)
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 09/07/2020

Kathy, shmearing a drop of good Castor Oil on the eyelids before bed, did help my cataracts get smaller. It took several months.

Coconut Water
Posted by David (California) on 06/20/2017
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Two drops of coconut water in each eye...BINGO...(my right eye has always been a tad blurry...but now its the same as it was at 20...I am 68 now) YIPPIE...

Castor Oil
Posted by Suzanne (Norman, Ok) on 03/10/2017
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Warning! I got USP organic castor oil to use for cataracts. I put one drop in each eye. A few minutes later my eyes hurt, I was nauseated and had trouble breathing, and felt weak. I immediately used eye wash to thoroughly wash out each eye. I felt somewhat better but continued to have problems throughout the next day. I looked up the symptoms of a bad reaction to castor oil and it was as I described.

Castor oil stays in your system anywhere from 4 to 18 hours. My advice is don't try this for the first time when you're alone - you may need to someone to call for help. Try a smaller amount to start and have something available to wash out your eye if you need it. The literature I read said the bad side effects can accumulate if you continue to use the castor oil. You won't know if you'll have bad side effects unless you try the castor oil.

Thankfully I recovered but it took at least 18 hrs for all effects to dissipate. This won't happen to everyone but please be aware.

Posted by Mary (New York, Ny) on 04/04/2014
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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

Castor Oil
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

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Lilli (Wa) on 05/04/2017 13 posts

I was diagnosed with the beginning stages of a cataract. Of course, the only solution offered at my doctor's office was to, "wait until I needed surgery." Not an option!

The Internet is full of advice, but can be overwhelming. So here's what I've found, so far, and I'll try to keep it brief:

1. Invest in a good quality multi-vitamin. I use a tab without Iron. It will give you base for adding other vitamins and supplements.

2. Purchase a good quality supplement that contains bilberry, gingko, lutein, and eyebright.

3. Glutathione is important in maintaining good eye health...especially as we age. BUT, I just learned today, that it isn't as well absorbed in pill form. Going forward, I will use the spray (sub-lingual).

4. Hyaluronic Acid is important.

5. Extra B5 and Vitamin C is important.

6. Check with your Naturopath as to upper limits and interactions/side effects before you start any supplement regimen.

7. Add rich colored organic fruits, vegetables and juices to your daily diet. I drink a lot of beet and carrot juice and citrus. Have spinach/kale with garlic at least once a week. I also double filter my drinking water. I suppose steam distilled water is best, but I will not buy it at the store in plastic containers. Need to investigate a DIY system.

8. There are a lot of eye exercises that will strengthen your vision. I found a site recently and spoke with one of the business owners. They are one of very few naturopathic optometrists in the U.S. (trust me, I've been looking for weeks): I've already tried the eye exercises and am getting great results.

9. I do a lot of computer work and recently discovered that there is a direct correlation between tightened neck/shoulder muscles and the eyes. Also, with dental work and the eyes. Ask your dentist to limit x-rays, or cover your eyes with another lead blanket. Limit the time that you lie flat in the chair or, during a lengthy procedure, ask if you can sit up or walk around. I developed eye flashes and, later, dark floaters, after a 2 hour procedure at my endodontist's office.

10. Use UV sunglasses. Also, take your glasses off when you can to let your eyes do some of the work and get exercise. Do relaxation and eye exercises before bedtime along with warm and cold compresses and de-stress!

Eye Drops, Lutein
Posted by Royalbounty (New Mexico) on 03/31/2017
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I've been "seeing" very positive results in only 3 weeks using drop that contain active Ingredients: Glycerin 1.0% Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose 0.03%Inactive Ingredients: Boric acid, citric acid, N-acetyl-carnosine, potassium bicarbonate, purified benzyl alcohol, and sterile water. 1 drop in each eye every evening.

and 20mg Lutein once daily. Previously I was experiencing cloudy vision and "tired" eyes and was told upon eye examination that I had cataracts. Eyes are no longer tired and I'm reading the bottom line on TV news banners easily from a distance where I couldn't before.

DMSO, Glutathione, Vitamin C
Posted by Bev S. (Fort Lauderdale, Fl) on 07/25/2017
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Dr Robert Rowen, editor of Second Opinion, developed a formula to be used three times daily which can be made by pharmacies with the following ingredients: (Make it yourself. The pharmacy will charge you about $100.)

DMSO - 6.25 percent (Get the Blue glass bottle on Amazon $19.95)
Vitamin C - 1.25 percent
Glutathione - 1.25 percent

Famed herbalist Dr. John Christopher also reported treating cataracts successfully with his herbal eyebright eye drops formula. Some suggest that a combination of the DMSO formula and eyebright might be the best eye drop treatment option of all.

Castor Oil
Posted by Trudy (Evans, Wa Usa) on 02/01/2012
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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.......

DMSO, Glutathione, Vitamin C
Posted by Ron (Platteville, Colorado Usa) on 07/29/2011
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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.

Castor Oil
Posted by Brooke (Montgomery, TX) on 01/03/2009
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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.

Posted by ORH (TEN MILE, TN) on 05/25/2021

FRANK, ORH here, and I have had over 120 EDTA chelations in the last 14 years to clean out my blood vessels and heavy metals. I am also aware that some have no longer needed glasses when good blood flow got to their eyes. I have never heard of EDTA reversing cataracts. I have used a DMSO protocol for that, but the FDA got involved and took my supplier's license. That put me on a guilt trip.

Just got in from our little farm and we quit when it hit 90 degrees. Like the ole sayin, "The Ole Gray Mare ain't what she used to be". 15 year old football player is working out because he lives on a farm. Today, I gave him a raise. If he saves his money, he can buy a decent used car by age 16. I require him to know all our veggies and the name of all the trees on our farm. All these kids that have hung with me go on to get degrees and are prepared for life. I send them to HKU.


Castor Oil
Posted by Kim (Tennessee) on 10/21/2019

Hey Manju, my personal experience after my surgery was the same as yours. I went back to the doctor twice thinking something for sure was in it. My doctor said it was dry eyes. Dry eyes tear a lot and they feel like something is in the eye. It was hard for me to believe but I accepted his opinion. I learned that good quality salmon oil capsules taken by mouth will help dry eyes and it did, ending my symptoms. Kim

Castor Oil
Posted by Dlbnext (Maumee, Oh) on 09/12/2017
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Using cold-pressed castor oil 2 months now for cataracts. No change

Posted by Raphael (Bangkok) on 08/09/2013

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!!

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