"Too bad, young guy, I guess they can't keep up on everything but this is kind of major if you're in the eyeball business."
LOL! The eyeball business....! Ha. yeah, I agree, but until it makes it into JAMA or one of their specialty publications so it's "in the literature," (or a pharmaceutical rep approaches him about it), he won't take it seriously.
"To his credit he thanked me when I emailed him a link to the NAC research. Don't know if he read it or not."
I hope he meant it, but more than likely he was pacifying a paying patient. I've typed more than a few thank you notes to patients in similar scenarios, and the sarcasm in their voice is apparent. Of course now they're all recommending (and some formulating their own) antioxidant vitamin combos because of a particular large scale study that finally was enough to convince them nutrition helps prevent macular degeneration. I'm biting the hand that feeds me (not in front of them clearly) when I say this, but I'd be out of a job and so would many of them if people knew they do things like take some natural eye drops to get rid of cataracts.
I will say that some things which happen in the eye are critical and probably beyond what you can heal on your own (like repairing a retinal detachment), but I'm all for avoiding invasive procedures whenever possible - and you would think your doctor would be, too. You would think.