cataract prevention month

Cataract prevention is an easy thing to master is you start early and stay on track. June is cataract prevention month, so let us help remind you of some simple steps you can take to keep them in check!

Cataracts are the most common cause of blindness worldwide. The lens focuses light on the tissue in the back of the eye called the retina. Cataracts occur when the unique cells of the lens lose their transparency, blocking light and clouding vision. Although surgery to replace the lens is effective at restoring vision, the procedure is expensive, carries some risk of complication, and is unavailable in many parts of the world.

Cataract prevention is an easy thing to master is you start early and stay on track. June is cataract prevention month, so let us help remind you of some simple steps you can take to keep them in check!

  • Focus on health in all areas of you life. Stop smoking if you do and cut down on alcohol consumption to keep your health and vision in check.
  • Eating right is a priority. Those with diabetes are at a greater risk for developing cataracts. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle including healthy blood sugar is important not only for your health but also for your vision! Eat lots of leafy green vegetables and eating foods high in antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, selenium, and vitamins C and E may also help ward off cataract development.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Wear sunglasses with UVA/UVB when outside in both sunny and cloudy weather. Ultraviolet light can hasten the formation of cataracts within the eye, no matter your age. Wear brimmed hats to reduce exposure when spending time outdoors
  • Visit your eye doctor even when you have good vision. Seeing your eye doctor annually is recommended, but they will recommend less or more depending on your vision and conditions. Routine exams allow your eye care professional to look for signs of cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and other vision disorders. Like any disease or disorder early detection is best!

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Source: vsp.com

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