It is estimated that eighty-percent of people over the age of seventy-five suffer with diminished vision due to cataracts. In the States, cataracts surgery costs Medicare more money than any other medical procedure and approximately sixty-percent of people who initially qualify for Medicare have cataracts already. By taking precautionary measures early on in your life, it could very well put you in the twenty-percent bracket of people who will continue to enjoy good eye health in later life and never have to worry about cataracts or any other ocular disorders.

Cataracts is the commonest cause of blindness worldwide and is a clouding of the eye’s lens which causes a reduction in its ability to let light pass through it which results in a deterioration of one’s vision. It can be likened to looking at the world through a frosted glass window pane and, as the condition worsens, it can soon make common everyday tasks, like reading a book or driving a car, much more difficult, and ultimately impossible. It is estimated that there are over twenty-million people in the world who suffer from cataracts and, in the states alone, there are over 350,000 cataracts operations carried out each year, at an estimated cost of $6.8 billion, so it is a very serious problem indeed.

Some people are born with minor lens opacities, but ones which will never progress into anything more serious, whereas others can progress on to requiring cataracts surgery or, ultimately, inevitable blindness if left untreated. There are many different contributing factors which affect our vision and the onset and development of cataracts including; old age, diet and nutrition, exposure to sunlight, prescription drugs (especially steroidal), high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, or as a result of trauma to the eye.

As we age, certain metabolic changes cause the lens of the eye to develop cataracts due to a cross-linking of proteins in the crystalline structure of the lens. Part of this can be contributed to a lack of essential nutrients and a diminishing oxygen supply which leaves the eye even more susceptible to damage from free-radicals. In a report by the National Academy of Science, back in 1983, they wrote that cataracts are initially started by free-radical hydrogen peroxide being present in the aqueous humour which is the gel-like fluid inside of the eye. These free-radicals, like hydrogen peroxide, oxidise glutathione (GSH), which then in turn destroys the energy-producing systems within the eye and allows sodium to leak into the lens. Once this happens, then water also follows the sodium into the lens and the early stages of cataracts begin. Body heat in the lens of the eye oxidises the lens proteins, effectively cooking the protein, which then becomes opaque in colour and insoluble, in just the same way that egg protein does when it is cooked.

One Harvard Medical School’s scientific medical report stated that oxidative mechanisms may play an important role in the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration which are two of the most common eye diseases that cause visual impairment in people as they age. They recommended that further research should be carried out in the areas of preventative therapy and treatment by using antioxidants to protect and preserve lens function and thus delay, or even prevent, the onset of cataracts and other debilitating eye disorders. By delaying the onset of cataracts by just ten years, it is estimated that it would save the States at least half of their current $6.8 billion a year which is currently spent on cataracts operations and on people having to visit their eye specialist with cataracts.

Cataracts treatment with Carnosine and N-Acetyl-Carnosine eye drops

The treatment and the prevention of cataracts using dietary supplements is probably now one of the most scientifically documented, and free-radical damage is now widely accepted as being directly linked to causing cataracts and its associated damage to good eye health. Many scientific studies now document the beneficial effects that supplements can have at reducing free-radical damage and even in helping the body to reverse the damage after it has already been done. This is the case with NAC eye drops which are now widely accepted as a natural alternative to invasive cataracts surgery. Daily oral supplementation with Carnosine will also help the drops to work faster, and even more effectively, by launching a combined, two-pronged offensive, on this debilitating eye disease.

Ageless Eyes of the future

As more and more is learned about the importance of antioxidants and the roles that they have to play in maintaining good eye health by reducing oxidative-stress damage, combined with people become more and more educated themselves, we should see a significant reduction in the numbers of people suffering from these debilitating eye diseases in the not too distant future. Regular eye examinations are of paramount importance, as early detection of many ocular disorders make treatment a lot easier, quicker and much more effective. Using antioxidants, like the ones discussed above, as a prophylactic measure is also very highly recommended to help prevent the onset of eye diseases in the first place. If you start using them daily now, then you may never have to worry about eye problems in the future, and thus enjoy truly ageless eyes.

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Author: Peter Aldred

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