June is Cataract Awareness Month. Learn all about cataracts this month with us at Advanced Eyecare Optometry!
Symptoms of Cataracts
When cataracts are mild, you may not notice any symptoms at first. Cataracts, on the other hand, can cause changes in your vision as they grow. You may notice the following:
- You have cloudy or blurry vision.
- The colors appear faded.
- You can’t see well at night because the lights, sunlight, or headlights are too bright.
- A halo appears around lights.
- You see double (this sometimes fades as the cataract grows larger).
- You must frequently change the prescription for your glasses or contact lenses.
Consult your eye doctor if you experience any of these symptoms, as they could indicate other eye problems.
Are You At Risk?
As you get older, your chances of developing cataracts increase. You are also more vulnerable if you:
- Have certain health issues, such as diabetes
- Smoke tobacco
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Family history of Cataracts
- Had an eye injury, eye surgery, or upper body radiation treatment
- Spent a lot of time outside in the sun without proper eye protection
- Take steroids or medications used to treat certain health issues such as arthritis or allergies.
Consult your doctor if you are concerned that you may be at risk for cataracts. Inquire if there is anything you can do to reduce your risk.
Prevention For Cataracts
You can protect your eyes from cataracts by doing the following:
- Sunglasses should be worn to protect your eyes from the sun.
- To protect yourself from the sun, wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim.
- Keep your eyes safe from harm. Wear protective eyewear when performing activities such as using power tools or participating in certain sports to keep your eyes from being accidentally injured.
- Stop smoking. If you’re ready to stop smoking, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for free help.
- Make food choices that are good for your eyes. Consume a variety of healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and whole grains.
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Sources: National Eye Institute