6 things to do to reduce your risk of developing cataracts
- Posted on: Jan 15 2020
The cloudiness that develops when a clear eye lens loses transparency is called a cataract. This can blur or dim your vision, increase sensitivity to light and glare, increase difficulty with vision at night and cause “halos” around lights. While no one is sure exactly what causes them, there are some things you can do to reduce your risks of developing them or slowing their progression. Here are six things that may help:
Have regular eye exams. The chance of developing cataracts increases as you age, as more than half of all Americans have had a cataract or cataract surgery by age 80. While you can’t prevent aging or change your family history, you can stay on top of your eye health by having routine eye exams with your ophthalmologist to diagnose and treat any problems in their earliest stages, if possible.
Follow a healthy diet. Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C and E, which are important for healthy eyes.
Cut back on alcohol. Studies show an increase in cataracts for people who consume more than two drinks per day compared to those who have lower consumption.
Don’t smoke. Studies have shown that people who smoke cigarettes have a higher risk of developing cataracts than nonsmokers. Ask your eye doctor for medications and programs that can help you quit.
Protect your eyes in the sun. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light may play a role in the formation of cataracts. Choose sunglasses that block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays.
Excess blood sugar from diabetes can cause cataracts. Certain medications, injuries and medical conditions such as diabetes can put you at higher risk for cataracts. When sugar levels are too high for too long, the pressure causes the lens of your eye to swell. This is why cataracts are one of the major causes of visual impairment in diabetic patients.
It’s important to make an appointment for an eye exam if you notice any changes in your vision. If you live in or around Brooklyn, New York, and are interested in learning more about our vision services, call us at 718-676-6464 today.
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