It may be impossible to avoid developing cataracts as you age. Cataracts are among the most common, age-related vision problem. Taking certain precautions could help you avoid developing cataracts at a younger age and assist parents to protect the eyes of children.
- Limit sun exposure: UV rays trigger the development of free radicals. The free radicals can damage the proteins in the lens, leading to cataracts. Wear sunglasses out of doors, and ensure the glasses protect your eyes from both types of UV rays, UVA, and UVB.
- No smoking: Smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration, in which you lose your central vision.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables provide your system with critical nutrients that protect eye health. These include vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin B. Lutein and zeaxanthin found in dark green vegetables, as well as eggs, peppers, and grapes, work together to absorb high-energy blue light to help protect eye health.
- Limit alcohol consumption: Excessive alcohol consumption is believed to increase the risk of developing cataracts.
- Control diabetes: High blood sugar endangers all your body systems, including the eyes, and can trigger cataract development. Ensure you have a yearly comprehensive eye exam.
- Speak with your doctor about medications: Oral or inhaled steroids can have a side effect of cataracts. Speak with your doctor so you are educated on the risks and can discuss changing or reducing the amount of medication you take.
Make a comprehensive eye exam part of your routine: Just as you would see your dentist at least yearly, or have a physical examination regularly, a comprehensive eye exam should be performed at regular intervals, based on your age, health, and family history.
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