Face the Facts: 3 Causes of Cataracts
- Posted on: Mar 15 2019
If you are over the age of 40, you may be nervous to hear that the leading cause of vision loss over the age of 40 is cataracts. As a problems that causes clouding in your eyes natural lens, cataracts aren’t something to be messed with. But what are cataracts and how can you prevent them? Let’s take a closer look.
What are Cataracts?
Think of the lens in your eye as a camera lens; it’s able to focus on certain things to help you see both up close and far away. This lens is made up of both water and protein. As we age, the protein in our lens can start to clump together which can cloud a small part of it; the result? A cataract. As the cataract grows over time, it may turn into a larger cloud which makes it even harder for you to see.
How Can You Prevent Cataracts?
Nobody wants to get cataracts, which comes to the next answer to one of the biggest questions that we get from our patients: how do you prevent against cataract?
Watch Your Blood Sugar
Studies have shown that patients with diabetes are more likely to develop cataracts than those who don’t have it. If you are pre-diabetic or have a family history of diabetes, make sure that you eat a diet full of protein and that you watch what you eat. If you are diabetic, make sure that you manage your blood sugar as closely as possible; the more stable your blood sugar is, the less likely you are going to suffer from cataracts.
Protect Your Eyes from the Sun
One of the best things that you can do to protect your vision from cataracts, and a host of other vision related problems, is to invest in a good pair of both UVA and UVB protective sunglasses. In addition to making sure that you wear sunglasses everytime that you’re in the sun, also consider wearing a hat for an extra layer of protection.
Get Regular Exams
Another great thing that you can do to help avoid cataracts or at least catch them before they get worse, is to come into our office for regular eye exams. Depending on your vision health and history, we may have you come in every year or two.
If you have blurred vision or feel like your vision has gotten worse, schedule an eye exam with us at our Chardon or Mentor office and all us at (440) 205-5840.
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