Natural Remedy for Cataracts!

by Shanti


My mother is 78 years old and has cataracts in both eyes. The doctor is recommending surgery. What herbal remedy would you recommend?


Hi Shanti, and thank you for your question regarding cataract remedies.

According to many eye care practitioners and an abstract from the US National Library of Medicine, cataracts are caused by something called oxidative stress... Oxidative Stress in Cataracts. A build up of pro-oxidants (free radicals) causes the eye lens to become cloudy, impairing vision. Antioxidants reverse oxidative stress and free radicals, which is why these nutrients are essential for reversing cataracts.

One of the most effective natural remedies for cataracts, and one that's regularly endorsed by Dr Norman Shealy, is castor oil. Castor oil is incredibly rich in antioxidants, particularly vitamin E, vitamin C and essential fatty acids. Many cataract sufferers have received outstanding results from using castor oil, however, for this remedy to work (and for safety reasons) you must make sure you use the right type of oil. ONLY ever use certified USP therapeutic grade cold pressed castor oil. Do not use any other type! This brand here is one that's recommended... Pure USP Grade Castor Oil.

To use, simply place one to two drops of USP castor oil into each corner of the eye every night before going to bed. It will take between 3 to 6 months for the cataracts to disappear and vision to be restored.

For more information on the specifics and success of this treatment, make sure you read these two articles...

Castor Oil for Cataracts.

Dissolving Cataracts.

Coconut water also works a treat for cataracts, along with other eye disorders such as glaucoma and age related macular degeneration. Like I said, many eye care professionals and researchers now believe the build up of pro-oxidants (free radicals) in the eye is the main cause of eye disorders such as cataracts and glaucoma. Coconut water or coconut juice contains powerful antioxidants that quickly hunt down and destroy these free radicals. It also contains high amounts of magnesium, potassium and other minerals and enzymes that all help to relax the lens proteins, which then allows it to realign and become transparent once again.

World renowned coconut expert and author, Dr Bruce Fife (whom I had the privilege of interviewing last year... Dr Bruce Fife Interview), says in his book "Coconut Water for Health and Healing" that fresh coconut water is a perfect eye drop solution and eye wash. He also says that putting coconut water in your eyes can completely cure existing eye problems such as cataracts, along with preventing eye problems such as macular degeneration.

When using coconut water or the juice make sure you only use the FRESH juice from the young coconut, not the mature coconut (very important). Using an eyedropper, apply 3-4 drops of the fresh coconut juice into both eyes, then lie down and place a warm wet (but not dripping wet) washcloth over your eyes and leave on for ten minutes.

In addition to this, alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is incredibly effective for cataracts and helps to rid the body of deadly free radicals, which of course is one of the causes of eye disorders such as cataracts. You can buy ALA in supplemental form from most health food stores or online.

A recent study also showed that all trial participants who took saffron (the spice that gives curry its yellow color) had significant vision improvement. Researchers stated that this aromatic herb "may hold the key to preventing the loss of sight in the elderly". So be sure to take a saffron extract supplement every day or a quarter teaspoon of saffron powder.

Finally, phyto-nutrients and a substance called lutein are very important for the health of the eyes and for preventing (and even treating) cataracts. Make sure your mum eats plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially green, purple, red and yellow fruits and vegetables as these are rich in phyto-nutrients and lutein. Here's some more information on these cataract remedies if you're interested (as well as ALA)... Natural Cures for Cataracts.

Hope this helps you and your mom Shanti.

Good luck and all the best to you!


Troy (Admin)

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Aug 14, 2015
After Cataract Surgery
by: Dorlis

What if you have already had surgery or cataracts? Does it do any good to treat the eyes?

Aug 15, 2015
Eye Cataract
by: Wajida

But it didn't tell you how to use it in the eyes. Please explain the usage.

Aug 17, 2015
Castor Oil Dosage
by: Troy

Hi Wajida. If you click on the article link "Castor Oil for Cataracts" Dr Norman Shealy gives you the recommended dosage, which he says is one drop of USP castor oil in each eye before bedtime. USP castor oil is safe and is used specifically to treat medical conditions. You can also use organic cold pressed castor oil. These are available from places such as Amazon and Ebay.

Hope this helps.

Aug 17, 2015
After Cataract Surgery
by: Troy

Hi Dorlis. If you've already had surgery for cataracts then you would be better off taking the supplements Dr Shealy recommends for preventing cataracts. He recommends vitamin D3 at 50,000 units once a week; astaxanthin at 10 mg daily; Vitamin C at 2 grams daily; Kyani Sunset (for the tocotrienols); and a good B complex daily to help prevent the recurrence of cataracts. The saffron would also be useful. You would only use the castor oil or coconut water if your cataracts happen to return.

Aug 17, 2015
by: Deb

What about a cataract caused by a hard blow to the eye that happened 12 years ago? Will this help keep me from future surgery?

Aug 17, 2015
Urine Therapy for Cataracts
by: Anonymous

Look into urine therapy. All she needs to do is put a drop of her fresh urine in each eye three times a day and her body will heal itself.

Aug 17, 2015
Urine Therapy for Cataracts
by: Troy

Yes, urine therapy works for cataracts as well! In fact, it also helps with conjunctivitis (pink eye), teeth, hair and skin problems too. Urine therapy is an age-old practice of ancient India, and not many people know about its incredible benefits. You can read more about it here... The miracles of urine therapy.

Aug 18, 2015
by: Troy

Not sure about that one Deb. However, taking the supplements Dr Shealy recommends for preventing cataracts (and even the castor oil) can't hurt. They're incredibly safe!

Aug 20, 2015
Brands of Castor Oil?
by: Heather

Can you recommend a specific brand of castor oil to use?? My 11yr old mixbreed pup has cataracts in each eye & I'd love to help him out. The brand I have is for packs & I use it in my hair to help promote growth. I read the article but no specific brand is mentioned. I understand why but when I Google USP castor oil I get all types & they ALL talk about packs. Any suggestions would help please!! Thanks in advance!!

Aug 20, 2015
Castor Oil Brands
by: Troy

Hi Heather.

In the reviews, someone mentioned using this brand of castor oil for their eyes (recommended by the owner of their local health food store who has been putting a drop of pure castor oil in each eye at night for the past 6 years)... Cammile Organic Castor Oil. It doesn't say if it's USP grade but I imagine it would be. It's one of the best on the market.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

Sep 01, 2015
by: Gayane

Hi. Is it OK to use castor oil to prevent Cataracts? I don't have it but everyone in my family does. Does Castor oil work as a preventive agent?
Thank you.

Sep 03, 2015
Cure for cataracts
by: Jennifer

This gives me hope. Can this cure be used on dogs? I have a poodle. She weighs about 11 lbs. She has a bad cataract in one eye & another has started in the other eye.

Sep 04, 2015
Cataract Remedy for Animals
by: Troy

Hi Jennifer,

Castor oil definitely works for animals, especially dogs. Have a read of Heathers comments above and this article for more help... Cataract Remedies for Cats and Dogs

Good luck!

Sep 04, 2015
Reply to Gayane
by: Troy

Hi Gayane,

Yes it's definitely okay to use castor oil for cataracts. This is actually an old folk remedy. Just make sure you use a reputable brand such as this one... Pure USP Grade Castor Oil.

Have a read of this 81 year old guy's story on how he cured his cataracts with castor oil. It's quite amazing!... Castor Oil Eye Drops Dissolve Cataracts.

Sep 22, 2015
Great info!
by: Nicol

Thanks so much for this information. I'm actually going to try it on our St. Bernard. She started developing cataracts at 4 months old. Thanks again!

Sep 23, 2015
by: Troy

You're very welcome Nicol. All the best to you and your furry friend!

Oct 26, 2015
by: Tim

I plan on trying this. My question is how long do you use this and how do you know if it's working? Thank you in advance.

Oct 26, 2015
Reply for Tim
by: Troy

Hi Tim. Have a read of the article (link) below titled "castor oil eye drops dissolve cataracts". It tells you everything you need to know. Good luck and all the best!

Oct 26, 2015
Castor Oil for Cataracts
by: Anonymous

This was great but how do you use the castor oil? Do you consume it by mouth or drop it into the eyes?

Nov 01, 2015
How to Use the Castor Oil.
by: Troy

This article here explains how to use the castor oil and what type (along with the NAC eye drops)...Castor Oil Eye Drops Dissolve Cataracts.

Hope this helps!

Nov 17, 2015
Fuch's Dystrophy
by: Anonymous

How about Fuch's Dystrophy? Does it help with that?

Nov 17, 2015
Fuch's Dystrophy
by: Troy (Admin)

Never heard of someone using castor oil for treating Fuch's Dystrophy so no, would not recommend it. Some people have had success using colloidal silver eye drops (3 times daily in each eye), along with taking Lugol's liquid iodineLugol's liquid iodine internally (a few drops mixed in a glass of water twice daily).

Hope this helps.

Nov 18, 2015
Cure for Cataracts
by: Ari de Beer

I have tried some remedies for cataracts but the only one that really worked was a product called "Can-C" (Carnosine Eye Drops) and after only two months my eyes were 80% clear.

Nov 18, 2015
Reply to Ari
by: Troy (Admin)

Hi Ari. That's terrific. Many people have had amazing success with these eye drops for treating cataracts and glaucoma, as well as improving night vision (and overall vision). Just remember, vitamin D3 at a minimum of 5,000 IU a day is also needed (according to vitamin D expert Dr Cedric Garland). Vitamin D supplementation seems to enhance the effectiveness of this treatment.

Here's the link to the Can-C eye drops available from Amazon if anyone's interested in trying these... Carnosine Eye Drops .

Nov 21, 2015
How long?
by: Janet

How long does it take to heal cataracts? I also heard it can help with dry eye syndrome. Is that true?

Nov 22, 2015
Reply for Janet
by: Troy

It depends Janet. Anywhere from 2-9 months usually. And yes, the carnosine eye drops definitely do help with dry eyes. In fact, this is what they were originally marketed for.

Nov 30, 2015
Astaxanthin Oil
by: Nancy

Can Astaxanthin oil be put in your eyes to cure Cataracts?

Thank you,

Nov 30, 2015
Reply for Nancy
by: Troy (Admin)

Hi Nancy. No, we wouldn't recommend using Astaxanthin Oil in your eyes. Astaxanthin is a very powerful antioxidant though and is essential for the health of the eyes. Even Dr Mercola recommends it, but only taken internally. You can either buy it in supplemental form or get it from krill oil.

Hope this helps.

Dec 16, 2015
Cataract Remedy for Loved Pets
by: Anonymous

Will this work on animals too. My dog is having eye trouble. He's 12 years old and is going blind. Will this help his eyes too and what about urine therapy. Can I use either remedy on him?

Dec 17, 2015
Reply - Cataract Remedy for Loved Pets
by: Troy (Admin)


Yes the castor oil therapy can be used on dogs. If you scroll down the comments you'll see the Q&A's from myself and Nancy (Cataract Remedy for Animals). You'll find more info on this there. Just remember to use organic or USP grade castor oil. As far as the urine therapy for dogs, we haven't heard from anyone who's used it. It works for humans so presumably it would work for dogs. Catching the dogs urine could be a bit tricky though!

Good luck and all the best.

Dec 17, 2015
by: Lynda

Do you put the castor oil in the eye's or take it internally? Please be more specific for us people that are just learning.

Dec 17, 2015
Reply for Lynda
by: Troy (Admin)

Hi Lynda.

You put the castor oil drops in the eyes combined with the NAC eye drops (N-Acetyl Carnosine). Here's the article which explains the method further... Castor Oil Eye Drops Dissolve Cataracts.

Hope this helps.

All the best to you!

Dec 25, 2015
Contact Lens Wearers
by: Anonymous

Can you use the castor oil and still wear lenses? If you put the drops in at night would it dissolve by morning or would you risk getting it on your lenses?

Dec 28, 2015
Contact Lens Wearers (Reply)...
by: Troy

Not sure about this one to be honest. The oil should be completely dissolved and gone by morning, but really, the only way to find out is to try it. Alternatively, you could switch back to wearing glasses if you have them. Who knows, after 3-6 months you may not even need to wear contact lenses or glasses any more!

Jan 05, 2016
Cataracts and Pets
by: Lyn

This is out of left field, but will this work on cats? I have an 18 year old cat and it looks like he has cataracts. His pupils do not react to light like before, they are always dilated. He is also on methimazole (?) for his thyroid.

Jan 06, 2016
Reply for Lyn
by: Troy

According to the EarthClinic website Lyn, yes the castor oil works for cats the same as dogs. You will have to wrap your cat in a towel though so you don't get scratched to death. If you scroll down the comments below you'll find a link titled "Cataract Remedies for Cats and Dogs". This gives you more info and is worth the read.

Good luck!

Jan 14, 2016
Eyesight Improvement
by: Pervaiz

Sir, is castor oil good to improve eyesight? Particularly nearsightedness? Or any other eye drops(age 40 years).Thanks

Jan 18, 2016
Reply for Pervaiz
by: Troy (Admin)

The carnosine eye drops (Can-C) are excellent for improving overall eyesight. Scroll down to the "Cure for Cataracts" and "Reply to Ari" (Nov 18, 2015) comments to have a read about this.

Hope it helps!

Feb 06, 2016
Going blind
by: Susan Kurtz

If we can naturally fix glaucoma and cataracts with castor oil, is there anything we can do for diabetic/retinopathy? I am going blind and I really need a solution that is holistic. I believe God gave us the tools if we just figure them out. I know lutein is good for the eyes as well as Vitamin C. Is there any hope for me?

Feb 07, 2016
Reply for Susan
by: Troy

Hi Susan. Yes, lutein along with zeaxanthin, are excellent for eye health and have been found in studies to help with eye problems such as macular degeneration. Eggs are a rich source of these potent nutrients so be sure to eat at least two eggs every day. And if you're looking for a holistic solution for your diabetes (and blindness) then I recommend you have a read of our natural remedies for diabetes article. It has some great tips and remedies for successfully treating diabetes using a holistic approach. Here's the link... Natural Diabetes Treatment.

Hope this helps you Susan. All the best.

Feb 10, 2016
Side effects?
by: Anonymous

I am also interested to know if this helps retinopathy and are there any side effects?

Feb 11, 2016
by: Troy

Not sure if this would help for retinopathy? This recent Q&A on retinitis pigmentosa may be helpful to you though... A Powerful Natural Remedy for Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Mar 14, 2016
Remedy for dogs
by: Pet Lover

I have a 12 year old Shih Tzu and he has cataracts. How can I help him?

Mar 17, 2016
Reply to Pet Lover
by: Troy (Admin)

Hi. If you scroll down to the comment titled "Cataract Remedy for Animals", this will give you the information you're looking for.

Hope it helps!

All the best.

Apr 23, 2016
Eye Floaters
by: Anonymous

Will castor oil help with eye floaters?
Thank you

Apr 25, 2016
Reply for "Eye Floaters"
by: Troy (Admin)

No, castor oil wont help for eye floaters. There are, however, some good natural remedies for this problem that work very well. You can read about them here... Eye Floaters - Dry Eye Treatment.

Apr 29, 2016
Can I use this castor oil?
by: Kate

Can I use this castor oil for cataracts?

If not, is there a brand you recommend?

Thank you so much!

Apr 30, 2016
Reply for Kate
by: Troy (Admin)

No Kate, do not use this one. The castor oil MUST be cold pressed organic or USP grade. This is one of the brands you should be looking at... Pure USP Grade Castor Oil.

Hope this helps.

All the best!

Jun 11, 2016
Cataracts due to eye surgery
by: Sharon

I am 47 years old and had retina detachment surgery a year ago. I developed cataracts due to the gas injection into my eye ball. This was one of the side effects caused by the gas. Any case or history showing castor oil works in this case? Many thanx!

Jun 12, 2016
Reply for Sharon
by: Troy (Admin)

No, not for this type of scenario Sharon. We would recommend you consult with a naturopathic physician and get some expert advice on the best course of action to take for your particular case.

All the best to you.

Jun 14, 2016
Cataract Remedy
by: Dawn

I am 43 and just found out I have a cataract starting in my left eye and have began using an eye drop mix from Stanley Burrough's book Healing for the Age of Enlightment. Have you heard any results from this?

Jun 16, 2016
Reply for Dawn
by: Troy (Admin)

Sorry, we haven't Dawn but would be very interested in your results. Please come back and share your experience with us!

All the best to you.

Jul 22, 2016
Castor oil in cataract surgery eye?
by: Vicki Bennion

I had retina reattachment surgery a few months ago which caused a cataract. Then 5 weeks ago I had cataract surgery. My problem is inflammation. I am still on prednosolone eye drops for the inflammation and on 2 different kinds of glaucoma eye drops to control the pressure in my eye, which has been really high. I would like to get off the prednosolone and the glaucoma eye drops and I read or was told that castor oil put in the eye will reduce inflammation. I'm hesitant to put it in the eye that I've had surgery on, especially having had the cataract surgery. Would it be alright to put the castor oil in that eye. I might add that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis which is most probably the cause of the inflammation in that eye. Thank you.

Jul 26, 2016
Reply for Vicki
by: Troy (Admin)

Hi Vicki. We wouldn't recommend you use castor oil along with the pharmaceutical eye drops you're already using. Instead, why not look at reversing your rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation using some of the natural remedies listed in these articles... Natural Arthritis Treatments.

Hope this helps.

All the best.

Aug 13, 2016
Cataract due to steroid use
by: Sam

Hi. I would like to know if castor oil and coconut oil can be used to remove cataracts due to long term steroid use?

Aug 14, 2016
Reply to Sam
by: Troy

These cataract remedies are effective regardless of how the cataract developed Sam. As always though, you should still check with your health care professional first just to be sure.

All the best.

Aug 29, 2016
by: Anonymous

Just have the surgery. No pain and works for a return to great vision instantly!!

Sep 26, 2016
Nautica first pressed castor oil
by: Esme

Hi, can I use Nautica first pressed castor oil. 90% ricinoleic acid, 3-4% oleic acid and 3-4% linoleic acid for cataracts and glaucoma? Thank you.

Sep 29, 2016
by: Troy

Not sure to be honest Esme? This particular brand doesn't say if it's pharmaceutical grade (USP) castor oil. It only says that it's cold pressed. Try and get this brand if you can... Pure USP Grade Castor Oil.

Oct 11, 2016
My Labrador
by: Glenna

One of our Labs has the start of cataracts. I have been giving her eye vitamins, which slows it down but doesn't stop or get rid of them.
Can I use what's stated above on her.
Do not want it to harm her.
Thank you, Glenna.

Oct 12, 2016
Reply for Glenna
by: Troy

Yes you can safely use these remedies on dogs Glenna. Have a read of this article for more information on the castor oil remedy for cats and dogs... Cataract Remedies for Cats and Dogs. Just make sure you use USP grade castor oil, or in the case of coconut water, the fresh juice. Also try adding a little saffron powder and tumeric to her food as well.

Oct 26, 2016
Combining pharmaceutical medication and castor oil?
by: Jeannine

I have glaucoma and have just been told I am developing cataracts in my left eye. I take Azarga (brinzolamide & timolol maleate) and Restasis (dry eyes), one drop in each eye in the am & pm. Would applying castor oil drops counter act against my prescribed medications?

Oct 28, 2016
by: Troy

We wouldn't recommend combining your pharmaceutical eye drops with castor oil Jeannine. They may interact with each other. However, the fresh coconut juice would be fine. Just make sure you use it at different times to your pharmaceutical eye drops. In regards to your glaucoma, you may also find this Q&A helpful... 5 Natural Remedies for Glaucoma.

Nov 04, 2016
Pterygium Remedy
by: Mary

Can you tell me if the castor oil will help or stop the growth of a Pterygium? (It's a fatty growth that starts growing from the corner of your eye and grows towards your pupil). Please reply ASAP

Nov 08, 2016
by: Troy

Yes castor oil can treat a Pterygium, along with apple cider vinegar and activated charcoal. Have a read of this article for more information on these Mary... Natural Remedies for Pterygium.

Hope it helps.

All the best.

Nov 09, 2016
by: Anonymous

I am using eye drops from my doctor. I want to know if it's ok to still use young fresh coconut water while I am on the doctor's medication of eye drops.

Nov 10, 2016
Both Castor Oil and Can-C?
by: Chris

I was given Topamax for 9 months for migraines, only to find out that I never needed to take this medicine. The headaches were because I was depleted of magnesium caused by the use of proton pump inhibitors. I now have cataracts and glaucoma. Should I use both Castor Oil and Can-C drops? I also can not drive at night because of poor night vision.
Thank you for your time,

Nov 10, 2016
Reply to Anonymous
by: Troy

No. Only use one type of eye drop. Mixing pharmaceutical eye drops, even with something natural such as coconut water, is not usually recommended. However, you can always check with your doctor just to be sure.

Nov 10, 2016
Reply to Chris
by: Troy

Hi Chris. You should only use one eye drop remedy at a time (internal remedies you can use as many as you like). Try the Can-C first and see if it helps. If not, switch to the castor oil or vise versa. If you have access to fresh coconut water then try this one first as it helps with both cataracts and glaucoma.

You may also find this recent Q&A helpful... A Powerful Natural Remedy for Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Hope this helps you Chris.

All the best!

Nov 27, 2016
Castor oil for posterior capsule opacification?
by: Anonymous

Can castor oil help with posterior capsule opacification after having cataract surgery with lens implants?

Nov 29, 2016
by: Troy

Don't know if castor oil would help with posterior capsule opacification to be honest. Laser surgery is the most common follow-up treatment for this problem.

Dec 03, 2016
Problem after cataract surgery
by: Julie

I had cataracts removed and implants put in both eyes in July. One eye is ok but the other one has inflammation and swelling which is distorting my vision. The doctor wants to inject my eye with Avastin. I don't want to have this because Avastin is chemotherapy drug. Is there a natural remedy to cure the inflammation and correct my vision in this eye?

Dec 06, 2016
Reply to Julie
by: Troy

The coconut water would probably be the safest option Julie. Make sure it comes from a fresh coconut (water from an unopened coconut is free from bacteria and pathogens) and use it as directed above. The ALA and saffron extract would also be useful. :)

Dec 10, 2016
Macular degeneration
by: Bella

My mom is 87, diabetic on insulin twice a day and blind. She has macular degeneration, had cataract surgery and now she's blind. Once in a while she says that she see's some light and other times she see's fog. She had some eye injections because the blood vessels exploded. She's willing to try anything. What do you suggest? The doctor's gave up on her, but she's a fighter. Please let me know if there is anything that can give her any hope of seeing the light.

Dec 13, 2016
by: Troy

The fresh coconut water would be the best choice as this helps with both cataracts and macular degeneration. If her eye sight is too far gone, however, it may be too late. You can only try it and see how it goes Bella. You'll know within a week if it's working. The saffron extract would also be helpful.

Hope this helps.

All the best to you and your mom. :)

Jan 21, 2017
Coconut water for cataracts and glaucoma
by: Sashi

Can I use the coconut water more than once a day, like 3 times or twice a day?

Jan 22, 2017
Castor oil for cataracts
by: Lene

The suggestion is to use only 'Pure USP grade castor oil'. I was wondering if the "Now" product falls into this category? It is a cold pressed oil and hexane free but doesn't say organic or USP grade. Is this product good to use for cataract application?

Jan 24, 2017
Reply to Sashi
by: Troy

Yes you certainly can Sashi. As long as the water comes from a fresh coconut, 2-3 times per day is perfectly fine.

Jan 24, 2017
Reply to Lene
by: Troy (Admin)

Personally, I wouldn't use it Lene. I like to see castor oil (or any oils for that matter) in dark containers so the oil doesn't get damaged by light. Like you said, it's not organic or USP grade either (or anything close to USP grade). It would be fine for external application but not for internal or eye application.

Hope this helps.

All the best! :)

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