Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

What Can I Take for Cataracts and Dry Eyes?

Monday, 07 Jun 2010 03:21 PM

Question: I have cataracts in very early stages forming in both eyes, and I also have dry eye syndrome which makes my eyes sore and strained. I have been reading about n-acetylcarnosine eye drops and wonder if they would be helpful.

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
There has been much buzz on the Internet about n-acetylcarnosine eye drops with reports from Russia and China that it may treat cataracts and possibly be able impair the formation of cataracts.
The statistics were just TOO good, and there is no good evidence-based data available to support these claims. This agent has NOT been proven to be effective in western trials that I am aware of, and these statistics of success could not be duplicated in western medical centers that I reviewed.
Also, the "sicca" (dry eye) syndrome you have should be evaluated by your medical doctor or opthamologist to be sure you do not have "Sjogren’s syndrome." Sjogren’s syndrome has some important health implications and will require a visit to the doctor to properly evaluate you.
In the meantime, artificial tears will be the order of the day for you to maintain adequate health and hydration of your eyes.

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