Cataract Prevention

How to Prevent Cataracts

Your parents may have warned you about cataracts when you were younger: that you should never stare directly into the sun, and that you must always shield your eyes from the sun and wind.

While there is some truth to this, full cataract prevention requires a much more proactive approach to eye protection. This is especially important considering that cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss for people over the age of 40, even exceeding the damage caused by glaucoma.

For optimal eye care, consider these tips and tricks to keep your eyes healthy and cataract-free for life:

Eat Healthier

Those who eat fatty and sugary foods that lead to type-2 diabetes are much more likely to develop cataracts. This is due to the fact that an unhealthy blood sugar level can result in vision damage. For those who struggle with eating healthy, vitamin supplements such as vitamin B and vitamin C can be a great way to get the proper nutrients your eyes need.

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

This is the warning that you’ve probably heard from your family, and for good reason. Ultraviolet light has been known to accelerate the forming of cataracts, especially in younger people. To reduce exposure to UV light, it is best to wear sunglasses and a brimmed hat when outdoors. Avoid looking directly into the sun to prevent cataract formation.

Get Regular Eye Exams

One of the most important steps you can take to prevent cataract development is to schedule annual eye exams with a trusted eye care professional. Even if your vision seems perfect, checking your eye health regularly is essential because cataracts are difficult to remove once they have formed. The vision loss resulting from cataracts cannot be fixed. Routine exams allow your eye care professional to also check for signs of glaucoma and macular degeneration, which can compound the effects of cataracts.

Schedule an Eye Exam with Dr. Ghosheh

Cataract prevention is a priority for your prolonged eye health, regardless of your age. For optimal eye care, schedule an eye exam with esteemed eye care professional Dr. Ghosheh today. For this and all other eye health concerns, contact his caring and experienced staff at Advanced Eye Medical Group.