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Advanced Lens Support Package 1 (3-month supply)
Nutrient package for healthy lens support
Advanced Lens Support 2 (3-month supply)
Advanced Eye and Vision Support Formula + Cineraria eyedrops + Can-C eyedrops
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Advanced Lens Can-C Eyedrops plus Glutathione Package 1G
Can-C Eyedrops + ACG Glutathione Package 1G, discounted, free shipping
Advanced Lens Can-C Eyedrops plus Glutathione Package 2G
Can-C Eyedrops +Glutathione Package 2G
Can-C Eye Drops
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Cineraria Homeopathic Eye Drops (15ml/.5 oz)
Traditional homeopathic cataract remedy, especially beginning cataracts.
AminoPro (Aminoguanidine) 75 mg 90 tablets
Anti-glycating nutrient for eye and cardiac support.
Pleo-MUC (Mucokehl) eye drops 5X (10 Single Vials)
Natural homeopathic eyedrops to support circulation and decongestion in the eyes.
Advanced Eye & Vision Support (whole food) Formula 60 vcaps
Vitamin C Complex 1000mg 120 vtabs
Saffron Optimized 60 Vcaps
Recancostat Powder 57.6 gms
VisionTone (wild crafted herbal formula) 2 oz.
Dr. Grossman's Whole Food Combo
The initial step in our vision begins with light passing through the cornea where 65% to 75% is "pre-focused" before it even reaches the lens.
Our eye's lens is a transparent, crystalline structure that, like glasses, directs incoming light to the back of the eye (the retina). The lens is not solid, but is formed of long transparent cells packed together in tight layers. These fibers are crystallins, water-soluble proteins that comprise 90% of the protein in the lens.
The lens is contained within a flexible capsule or sac composed of collagen. (During cataract surgery the lens is removed from this sac and replaced by an artificial lens). The lens is suspended in place from tiny ciliary muscles by hundreds of fine ligaments called zonules. The ciliary muscles adjust the lens to enable us to see near, middle and far distances clearly by relaxing to see distant objects and contracting to see objects near at hand. The amount of light that strikes the lens is regulated by the outer iris which contracts the central pupil size in bright light and expands it in dim light.
Light, focused according to the distance of the object, passes through the lens to the retina where photoreceptor cells in the retina direct the light energy to the optic nerve which, in turn, transmits the information to the brain for interpretation.
- Diet is important. A 2011 study1 compared diets of nearly 28,000 people, and found that those who ate the most meat had the highest incidence of lens problems. This doesn't mean to stop eating meat, but it does demonstrate that a healthy diet with lots of fruit and vegetables is helpful in reducing risk.
- Fruits and vegetables. A ten year assessment of the diets of nearly 40,000 women found that those who consumed the most fruits and vegetables had a 10-15% lower risk of developing cataracts.9
- Daily juicing of fruits and vegetables (organic is best). See our juicing recipe to support lens health.
- Avoid nutritional deficiencies. Important nutrients include glutathione, (supported by lipoic acid, vitamins E and C, and selenium), vitamin A, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), pantethine, folic acid, bilberry and melatonin.2
- Prevention is the best medicine. Using complementary medicine to try to address the underlying cause, along with traditional medicine to try to prevent damage on an acute basis, is the best approach to preserving vision both short and long-term.
- Eye health support general recommendations.
Nutrients for the Lens
- Cineraria, the homeopathic formulation for lens support, stimulates lymph flow in and around the eyes to remove toxins and maintain clarity.4
- Glutathione is essential for forming enzymes in eye tissue and blocking damage by free radicals.2, 5 These nutrients support levels of glutathione.
- N-Acetyl-Carnosine acts as an antioxidant to support visual clarity through free-radical capacity and maintaining lens crystallins. The ability of the natural protein L-carnosine to pass through the liquid and fatty portions of the eye helps prevent damage to DNA by UV radiation. It contains a sulphur which supports certain bonds in the lens' crystalline structure and may be able to help repair lens transparency.3
- Vitamin B2 behaves like an antioxidant and its deficiencies contribute to cataract development.
- B38 in the diet is related to metabolism, hence its use in lowering cholesterol and avoiding pellagra. It is inversely related to the development of some types of lens opacities.
- Vitamin B68 supports cell growth and help synthesize amino acids, as does folate. B6 is associated with lower risk of lens opacity.
- Vitamin B128 is needed for correct functioning of the brain and nerve cells and is also associated with lower risk of lens opacity.
- Lutein is a yellow carotenoid antioxidant protects the eye from free radical damage through its ability to block blue and UV sunlight.
- Astaxanthin also protects against free radical damage. It is ten times as powerful as beta-carotene and is able to cross the cell membrane fighting free radicals both inside and outside human lens cells. See more information on astaxanthin.
- Zeaxanthin is another powerful antioxidant.
- Zinc has some antioxidant characteristics.
Stopping smoking is probably the most important thing you can do. Learn more about smoking and cataracts.
Make a habit of exercise. Long term exercise, as opposed to a seasonal bout of exercise training, reduces cataract risk. For example, walking or bicycling an hour a day or a job that includes heavy manual exercise reduce cataract risk by 13%.
Conventional Cataract Treatment
Read about cataract surgery risks and news.
There are three forms of surgery, the common treatment to remove cataracts.
- The front half of the outside of the lens cover is removed in extracapsular surgery
- Ultrasound is used to break up the core of the lens, which is then removed - this is called phacoemulsification.
- The entire lens and the "capsule" containing it are removed in intracapsular surgery.
Usually the natural lens is replaced which an artificial, plastic lens. It is a permanent implant.
Recovery from surgery typically takes a day or so, but adjustment to the new lens can take weeks to months for some people. Ointment or eye drops are recommended after surgery to reduce inflammation, prevent infection and help healing. Surgery may some some people increase the risk of later on for retinal tears or detachments.
Possible complications of cataract surgery in infants make it a more challenging prospect. Such surgery is usually performed 6 weeks to 3 months of age. Researchers in California and China are developing a new stem cell technique in which the cloudy lens is removed but no lens is inserted. Instead stem cells are introduced. A small clinical trial of 12 infants found that with stem cell treatment they formed regenerated lens structures within three months. Eight months after surgery the thickness of the regenerated lens was comparable to a native lens.10 The technique is far less invasive than traditional lens insertion, and protects the integrity of the capsule in which the lens is enclosed as well as the lens epithelial cells. This technique might not work as well in adults but researchers are investigating its possibilities.
1. Diet, vegetarianism, and cataract risk., Paul N Appleby, Naomi E Allen, and Timothy J Key, The
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 2011.
2. Head, K.A., Natural therapies for ocular disorders, part two: cataracts and glaucoma, Alternative Medicine Review - a Journal of Clinical Therapeutics, April, 2001.
3. J.C. Wohlhagen, OD, et al, Antioxidant eye drops provide another option for cataract patients, Healio, October, 2015
4. Stem cell study
5. Glutathione & cataract studies
6. Vitamin C & cataract study
7. Vitamin C & cataract studies
8. B vitamins & cataract study
9. W. G. Christen, et al., Fruit and vegetable intake and the risk of cataract in women, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, June 2005.
See other research on cataract vitamins; some nutrients are more effective for some types of cataract.
10. Hoatian Lin, et al, Lens regeneration using endogenous stem cells with gain of visual function, Nature, March 9, 2016.