I can see clearly now
Q: Are there any natural products that can get rid of cataracts?
Dr. Wright: In a study published in 2002, researchers enrolled 49 cataracts patients. Twenty-six of the participants used eyedrops containing one percent N-acetylcarnosine twice daily, 13 research volunteers used a placebo eyedrop twice daily, and the other 10 individuals got no eyedrops at all.
After six months, 90 percent of the N-acetylcarnosine-treated eyes showed improvement ranging from 7 percent to 100 percent in visual acuity, and 88.9 percent showed a 27 to 100 percent improvement in glare sensitivity. And what makes these results even more impressive is that the improvements were sustained over the entire two-year study period — not a single patient taking the N-acetylcarnosine eyedrops had any worsening of vision!
By contrast, the control groups showed significant worsening after both six and 24 months. All the patients taking the N-acetylcarnosine eyedrops tolerated them well, and there were no reports of side effects in the eyes or anywhere else in the body.
Even though the research is technically still in the “preliminary” stages, if you have early or moderate cataracts, you might want to consider trying N-acetylcarnosine anyway, for two important reasons: It may work for you, and it’s safe. None of the individuals I have worked with have had even minor side effects, and no adverse effects have been discovered by researchers.
It’s always a good idea to have your eyes checked before starting and perhaps six months to a year later, if for no other reason than to help you decide whether to continue using it if you haven’t noticed a significant difference by then. (But keep in mind that since cataracts naturally get worse over time, if yours stay the same, that’s still progress — although obviously not as much as actual reversal would be.)
The version of N-acetylcarnosine eyedrops tested in the studies is called “Can-C” and is sold through the Tahoma Clinic Dispensary. Of course, as safe as N-acetylcarnosine is, it’s important to work with a physician skilled in natural medicine anytime you’re interested in trying a new therapy. For a list of such physicians in your area, contact the American College for Advancement in Medicine at (800)532-3688 or visit www.acam.org.