Cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration – Eye disorders of the past..?
Cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration are some of the leading causes of blindness. But they don’t really need to be. Half of all of the cases of blindness worldwide can be prevented; that is a very conservative estimate according to the National Eye Institute, whose business it is to study eye health and eye diseases. We’re learning more and more about what causes cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration and that is helping us to find more new ways to treat them and also to help prevent them from ever developing in the first place.
What makes cataracts happen?
Free radicals from pollution, pharmaceutical drugs, and sunlight all cause the oxidation that leads to cataracts. Physical injury and diabetes can also contribute. With oxidation, the protein in the eye’s lens hardens and clumps together known as cross-linking. The eye begins to cloud and become less and less able to focus properly and vision becomes clouded and that is how cataracts are initially born.
What is having cataracts like?
Cataracts are individually unique to each person. Some common indicators for cataracts are needing more light to read by or having trouble reading street signs at a distance. Headlights of other oncoming vehicles can start to seem far too bright and depth perception and colour perception can also change. Probably, one of the most common signs of cataracts is that vision becomes very fuzzy and is like looking at the world through a frosted glass window.
Do cataracts get worse with time?
If they’re not treated, then they will as cataracts is a degenerative eye disease. Surgeons will usually wait for the cataracts to ‘ripen’, get mature and very hard, before actually operating. Cataract surgery can be very effective, and boost the patient’s quality of life quite considerably. But wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to get rid of cataracts without needing any invasive cataract surgery..? Steven Charles Gallant, the biochemist who introduced NAC eyedrops to Europe, says that he first started studying NAC when his father had cataracts. He thought, “How great it would be if cataracts could be addressed with a simple course of eye drops instead of invasive cataract surgery.”
Is there any evidence that eyedrops can reduce cataracts?
Yes, clinical trials in both Russia and China have shown that the topical application of NAC eyedrops reduced cataracts in almost all cases. Over their six months trial period both glare sensitivity and visual acuity improved and lens opacity (the cloudy part of cataracts) went down. The NAC eye drop group was still doing better than the control group at the two-year follow-up examinations. There were no adverse effects noted from using the drops.
What are NAC eye drops?
NAC stands for the naturally-occurring compound N-acetyl-Carnosine which is a very powerful super-antioxidant. (Remember, it’s oxidation that forms the cataracts in the first place.) In the form of L-Carnosine, also known as Ignotine, it can be taken internally as an oral supplement to help a vast number of different health problems.
What if you never had to develop cataracts in the first place?
It could happen. Ohio State University did a study showing that dark green leafy vegetables are full of antioxidants which help protect eye cells. Later studies showed that maize and yellow egg yolk contained even more of the esential carotenoids which are essential for maintaining good eye health. These antioxidants can be concentrated in supplement form for even more protection against cataracts as well as many other debilitating eye disorders. Combined with NAC eye drops, they could equal a life without cataracts. Wouldn’t it be great to never have to have that sag in quality of life that cataracts and other visual impairment brings with it..?
So – are cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration part of the past..?
We don’t know yet. But by using the new science today, we may all soon enjoy much clearer vision in the future…