Cataracts are a problem for millions of Americans, and over half of Americans over the age of 65 have some cataract issues. While surgery is the option recommended by most doctors for cataracts, some individuals prefer less invasive options. Anecdotal evidence has suggested for decades that a number of home remedies or eye drop treatments may be effective in halting cataract growth or reversing the effects of cataracts. Eyewash treatments for cataracts have become increasingly common, with various methods sprouting up that seem to do the trick for some individuals.

Cineraria Drops

The cineraria plant, a flowering shrub found commonly in Africa, has long been touted as an effective treatment for cataracts. Promoters of cineraria cataract drops (commonly referred to as CC drops), claim that they are not only effective, but they are completely free of the painful, uncomfortable side effects of other cataract treatments. While some cataract drops and treatments cause an immediate burning sensation in the eyes, cineraria drops seem to provide significantly less discomfort to the user.

Euphrasia, a plant known for use in treating eye infections, often appears as an ingredient in such drops as well. The Physician’s Desk Reference includes cineraria cataract drops in their list of remedies for cataracts.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar, according to the folk remedy, can cure a whole host of maladies. Medical science has backed up many of these claims. The cataract remedy using apple cider vinegar has been used on both humans and animals. According to most instructions, the vinegar is mixed with distilled water and kept in the eyes for several minutes at a time. Other remedies call for the introduction of additional ingredients, such as small amount of honey, into the mixture. Apple cider vinegar is sometimes added to other remedies (such as the following tea eyewash) for greater efficacy.


Ayurveda is a traditional Indian form of medicine that uses herbs and exercises to promote health. A popular eyewash to fix cataracts is prepared from Indian tea and applied cold to the eyes. Known as triphala tea, this Indian remedy is made from the fruits of three different trees found in India. After the tea is steeped, it is strained through a thin cloth and the cooled liquid is applied to the eyes using an eye cup. Treatment should be attempted up to three times per day, and it is advised that individuals suffering from cataracts also drink the tea in the morning and the evening to promote health.