Cataracts are the Biggest Cause of Blindness
Cataracts are the cause of 42% of reported cases of blindness worldwide. 28,000 new cases are added daily to the 17 million people who are affected by this condition. About 20% of everyone over 60 have the beginning of a cataract in one or both eyes, and that figure rises to 80% for people over 75.
What’s a Cataract?
Behind the coloured iris of the eye, there is a crystalline lens whose job is to fine-tune your focus to form a picture onto your retina. The flexibility of this lens allows for a range of vision. But, as we get older and our bodies get stiffer, so the flexibility of the lens lessens. This allows for less accommodation (the process of changing the shape of the crystalline lens).
The crystalline lens consists of many lens fibers tightly packed in onion-like layers. It’s held into position with radial bundles of zonular fibers that connect to its center, all encased in an elastic capsule.
A nuclear cataract is a cloudy haze inside the lens of the eye. Typically, it forms when the crystallins (water soluble structural proteins) randomly clump together. As the cataract grows, it cuts off and scatters some of the light passing through the lens. Thus, images become fuzzy, colours can become dull or distorted, and annoying halos may appear around bright objects.
Some Causes of Cataracts
- Too Much Sun – overexposure to ultraviolet radiation
- High Blood Pressure
- Kidney Disease
- Long-Term Use of Corticosteroids
Can Cataracts Really Disappear?
In most cases, the answer is, “Yes!” Research has confirmed that N-acetyl carnosine and carnosine are effective not only in treating cataracts but in preventing them. One easy way to make your cataracts disappear is to prevent them from appearing. NAC Eye Drops can prevent cataracts from building up in the first place.
NAC (N-acetyl carnosine) improves vision by reversing the development of the cataract which allows increased light to the lens.
NAC restores the proteins in the lens by removing cross-linked carbonyl groups and functions as a “molecular water pump” which lowers intraocular pressure.
NAC Eye Drops have been proven 100% effective in primary senile cataract and 80% effective in mature senile cataract. Applying NAC Eye Drops to the conjunctiva (the membrane covering the eye) causes a decrease in normal intra-ocular pressure and reduces prostaglandin-induced ocular hypertension (related to glaucoma) in rabbits.
What’s NAC (N-Acetyl Carnosine)?
The structural difference between NAC and carnosine is that one hydrogen atom in carnosine replaces an acetyl group (CH3CO-) and this substitution occurs at a nitrogen atom. Because Carnosine is insoluble in lipids (fats) and N-Acetyl Carnosine is soluble in lipids and water, NAC passes through the lipid membranes of the corneal and lens cells more easily and thereby gains access to the cells’ interior where it is broken down to carnosine and histidine which are then able to exert their beneficial effects on the eye.