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4 Ways To Reduce Your Risk Of Cataracts

4 Ways To Reduce Your Risk Of Cataracts

Thursday, September 27, 2018
by Solomon Eye Associates

Cataracts are a common ailment, and occur as a natural part of the aging process. As you get older, the crystalline lens of your eye natural becomes cloudy. There are certain things that can speed up the development of cataracts. If these risks are not avoided, they could cause visual problems earlier in life. But there are ways to lower your risks — avoid a few harmful things and make sure you stay healthy and fit.

Don’t Smoke

Smoking is harmful to your whole body, but you may not have considered what it can do to your eyes. There are certain chemicals in cigarettes that can alter the cells in your eye. This can oxidize the cells and cause cataracts. The more you smoke, the faster your eyes will develop cataracts. If you smoke, preventing vision loss due to cataracts is another reason to quit. And not wanting to have to deal with cataracts at a young age is a good reason to never start smoking!

Drink In Moderation

Studies have found links to excessive alcohol consumption and needing cataract surgery. Avoiding alcohol is a good way to reduce your risk of developing severe cataracts. This doesn’t mean you have to stop drinking, but it’s good to limit yourself and avoid nights of heavy drinking. Be kind to your eyes and your liver by avoiding heavy drinking! Binge drinking to excess on a regular basis can lead to many health problems.

Eat Right

Watching what you eat is as important to watching what you drink. This doesn’t mean you should only avoid certain foods. The more important part to focus on is portion control. You don't have to cut out any one kind of food, but you should eat everything in moderation. Eating right means both watching how much you eat and making sure what you eat has proper nutrients. Certain nutrients have been linked to a reduced risk of cataracts. This includes antioxidants like vitamins C, E, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Vitamin C is in oranges and other citrus fruits. Vitamin E is in almonds, peanuts, and sunflower or corn oil. Lutein and zeaxanthin are also in certain kinds of leafy greens. Make sure you eat a variety of colorful, nutritious foods and vitamins in your diet.

Wear Sunglasses

Something that contributes to almost all eye problems is UV damage. Protecting your eyes against UV damage is a good way to prevent dry eye, pterygium, and cataracts. The best way to prevent UV damage is to wear sunglasses when you’re outside on a sunny day. Make sure your sunglasses block out at least 99% of UV rays! You should look for sunglasses that have a sticker that says they protect against 99% of all UV rays. This way, you'll know that your eyes get protected!

Want to learn more about cataracts? Think you or a loved one may need cataract surgery? Contact Solomon Eye Associates today to schedule an appointment at one of our locations.

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