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5 Health Tips to Prevent Cataracts

As the aver­age age in the US ris­es, pre­vent­ing cataracts is becom­ing one of the more urgent con­ver­sa­tions eye care providers have with patients.

Many peo­ple have a cataract, which is a cloud­ing of the lens in one or both eyes. Cataracts usu­al­ly start to inter­fere with vision after age 60. Here are five steps that can keep cataracts benign or even pre­vent them from form­ing.

Preventing Cataracts: 5 Health Tips

  1. Eating Right May Be the Best Way for Preventing Cataracts!

    It may be sur­pris­ing to read this, but eye health real­ly depends on a healthy diet.Researchers believe dia­betes is a lead­ing cause for cataracts. Diet and weight con­trol are the best ways to avoid type 2 dia­betes. You can low­er your risk for cataracts and dia­betes by replac­ing sug­ars and carbs with antiox­i­dant foods with high lev­els of Vit­a­min C, such as cit­rus and straw­ber­ries, and Vit­a­min E, which is in green veg­eta­bles and veg­etable oils.

    Lutein and zeax­an­thin are two oth­er vit­a­mins thought to help pre­vent cataracts. You’ll find them in eggs and leafy greens.

  2. Smoking May Cause Cataracts

    Researchers say smok­ing ces­sa­tion (or not start­ing at all) is anoth­er key step for pre­vent­ing cataracts.

    Tobac­co smoke con­tains free rad­i­cals, chem­i­cals that attack healthy cells. Antiox­i­dant foods like the ones dis­cussed above can right them. Avoid­ing tobac­co smoke makes their jobs eas­i­er and brings a ton of health ben­e­fits as well.

  3. How to Prevent Cataracts and Look Good? Wear Sunglasses

    Every­one looks good in sun­glass­es, from tod­dlers sport­ing Hel­lo Kit­ty or Bat­man styles to the Matrix look and Hugo Boss for grownups. Pret­ty much all sun­glass­es pro­vide some eye pro­tec­tion from the sun’s UV ray, although the best ones have these specs:

    • 100% block­ing of UVA and UVB rays.
    • Block at least 75% of vis­i­ble light.
    • Gray tint, par­tic­u­lar­ly for high-glare activ­i­ties like dri­ving.
    • Are fit­ted to the face.

    We don’t expect every pur­chase to include that last point (par­tic­u­lar­ly an inex­pen­sive emer­gency pur­chase), but it will help with effec­tive­ness and com­fort. If you feel good, you’ll look even bet­ter!

  4. Moderating Alcohol Use Lowers Cataracts Risk

    You may be sur­prised to know that alco­hol is a fac­tor in cataract devel­op­ment. If you’re con­cerned about how to pre­vent cataracts and are a hap­py hour fan, think about cut­ting back or even bet­ter, abstain­ing now and then, and offer­ing to be a des­ig­nat­ed dri­ver.

    Woman drink wine

    Keep­ing alco­hol intake under two stan­dard-size drinks (12 ounces of beer, a glass of wine, or a shot of liquor straight up or with a mix­er) each day reduces the chance for devel­op­ing cataracts to the same lev­el as total absti­nence. There’s no need to give up a glass of wine with din­ner or sip­ping a beer.

  5. Get Regular Eye Exams to Stay Ahead of Cataract Development

    Eye health can only be mon­i­tored with reg­u­lar eye exams, at least year­ly, and more often if your eye care provider rec­om­mends it. Peo­ple with dia­betes and oth­er dis­eases that affect vision, includ­ing rheuma­toid arthri­tis or some kind of eye dis­eases, gen­er­al­ly, see their provider at least once a year.

    In addi­tion, peo­ple with light-col­ored eyes are more like­ly to devel­op cataracts, as well as ocu­lar melanoma and age-relat­ed mac­u­lar degen­er­a­tion as they age. The rea­son is that light-col­ored eyes have less pig­men­ta­tion, mak­ing them more sus­cep­ti­ble to dam­age from sun­rays — just as fair-skinned peo­ple are at high­er risk for sun­burn and even melanoma.

Regard­less of eye col­or, about half of all Amer­i­cans devel­op at least one cataract by the age of 80. Tak­ing these five steps can slow cataract devel­op­ment, and with some luck and dili­gence, pre­vent it alto­geth­er.

If you notice any prob­lems with your sight and eyes, make sure to vis­it an oph­thal­mol­o­gist as soon as pos­si­ble. Reach out to Dia­mond Vision to sched­ule an appoint­ment. Let us help you see clear­ly again.

March 11th, 2019|Comments Off on 5 Health Tips to Prevent Cataracts

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.

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