Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. It occurs in the aging population, as eyes age. It is believed that toxic stress, dehydration, and heavy metal poisoning are some of the causes. Included in the heavy metal poisoning category is a metal called cadmium, of which heavy cigarette smoke is a source of.
North American doctors will tell you that cataracts are only curable through surgery. However, there has been significant research that say that NAC drops are effective at curing cataracts.
A recent Canadian study researched antidepressants and its connection to cataracts. The 2010 study found that antidepressants may increase the risk of cataracts by as much as 15%. To clarify, the study does not prove that antidepressants cause cataracts. But it does find that some commonly prescribed drugs may post a vision risk to those who are elderly.
The study analyzed data from over 18,000 patients with cataracts and compared with over 185,000 patients between 1995 and 2004. The average age of this group was 73 years, and every patient had heart disease and had undergone treatment for blocked arteries previously. It was found that only the patients taking antidepressants were at increased risk of cataracts.
Different antidepressants were reviewed and not every SSRI antidepressants was found to increase risk of cataracts. Luvox, Effexor and Paxil were reviewed for this study. Of the three, Luvox increased cataract risk the most (by 39%), followed by Effexor (33%) and thirdly, Paxil (23%). Overall, the increased risk of cataracts was calculated as 15%.
The reason for this increased risk is likely linked to serotonin. Antidepressants increased serotonin in the brain which contributes to making people feel less depressed. The lens of the eye has serotonin receptors which assist with cellular functions. However, animal studies have shown that serotonin can make the lens of the eye more opaque (thus blurry) and lead to cataracts. These results are yet to be 100% confirmed, however, if confirmed, antidepressants will not be the first prescribed drug to lead to increased cataract risk. Oral and inhaled steroids have also been linked to the formation of cataracts.
Remember that NAC Eye Drops can effectively cure cataracts. They contain the antioxidant called N-Acetyl Carnosine. Try them today!