Lanosterol drops: A possible cataract treatment?

lanosterol dropsThe current treatment for cataract is either invasive surgery or expensive laser therapy to remove them. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have discovered that lanosterol may provide a new and improved form of treatment for cataracts, which affect more than 24 million Americans.

The journal Nature published the study details which involved using lanosterol eye drops in the eyes of dogs that were suffering from naturally-occurring cataracts. Not only did the dogs have cataracts completely removed after treatment for six weeks but four other dogs suffering from cataracts had their vision improved as well.

This potential therapy will have the benefit of being nonsurgical, less costly and more readily available to those who do not have access to surgical options. In addition, the drops also hold promise for preventing the development of cataracts in those who are risk for cataracts. The next step in the research process is to begin human clinical trials to test for safety and efficacy.*



  1. HOSAM ABU ZEID says

    Is this drug, “LANOSTEROL EYE DROPS” available today for human trials outside the United States ? I have a relative who lives in the United Arab Emirates who needs it.

    Will she be needing a prescription for it ?

    Hosam Abu Zeid

  2. MaryAnn Mazellan says

    Hello Dr. Krawitz,
    I found the article regarding lanosterol on your blog as well as many other what I feel to be legitimate websites. Our 6 year old dog is actually suffering with cateracts and the opthamologist that we saw found no relavence in this study. I understand that Dr Zhang’s study had great success in dogs and I am going to try and reach out to his practice. If you have any further information regarding this topic it would be greatly appreciated.

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