What Can I Do to Prevent Cataracts?

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What Can You Do to Prevent Cataracts? | Highland, NY | Seeta Eye Care CentersCataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide and the most common cause of poor eyesight in people over 40. If your vision has gone downhill due to cataracts, you do not have to suffer with poor vision. Cataract surgery can restore your vision, and the cataracts will not come back. SeetaEye Centers helps Highland cataract sufferers get back to the lifestyle they once enjoyed. But what if you could delay or avoid the development of cataracts altogether?

Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Cataract prevention is just one more reason to make healthy lifestyle choices including:

  • Do not smoke
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Protect your eyes from UV exposure at all times

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), up to 20% of cataracts could be caused by too much UV exposure. Choose sunglasses with 99% to 100% full spectrum UV protection, wear a hat with a wide brim when you must go out on sunny days, and remember that you are still exposed on cloudy days and while sitting in the shade near a reflective surface such as concrete or water.

Eat Eye-Healthy Foods

Include eye-healthy foods in your diet every day. Examples include egg yolks, leafy greens, almonds and sunflower seeds. The nutrients you are looking for are:

  • Lutein
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Lycopene
  • Vitamin A or its precursor beta-carotene
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E

Check Your Medications

Many medications can contribute to cataract formation when combined with UV exposure. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your mediations to find out if your medications are putting you at risk and if there are alternatives that will be safer for your vision.

Some medications that have been associated with cataract development include:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Aspirin
  • Statins

To learn more about cataracts, how to prevent them, and what you can do if you already have them, in Highland, please contact SeetaEye Centers today.