An individual’s lifestyle can sometimes determine whether we contract certain illnesses as we mature. For those entering their forties, cataracts and other types of vision loss can become a concern. Other vision related maladies such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy can begin to affect our sight as we age; but there are steps you can take to help prevent vision loss and cataracts.
Smoking throughout your adulthood can dramatically increase your chances for cataracts. As research develops, many doctors have come to agree smoking effects lung function, metabolism, proper heart function, etc. If you were looking for another reason to quit smoking, consider loss of your vision. Excessive drinking and alcoholism has also been attributed to causing cataracts. As a rule of thumb, drinking in moderation can be fun and relaxing, excessive drinking leads to a wealth of health issues.
Consider your current diet, lessening sugary foods and increasing leafy greens has a plethora of benefits. Maintaining a high glucose diet can lead to diseases like diabetes. Diabetes has been known to cause cataracts as the disease progresses. It is also wise to begin using supplements in order to incorporate vitamins known to support vision and eye health. Antioxidants such as beta-carotene, selenium, and Vitamin C & E help ward off cataract development.
Seeking shade for your eyes is essential for maintaining eye health. UV rays cause damage to your eyes that often cannot be reversed. Using sunglasses that incorporate a UV protectant within the lenses can prevent many eye related disorders including cataracts.
Your eye doctor can perform a series of tests in order to help you find out your predisposition for cataracts. Regular eye exams can help you prevent and treat abnormalities as well as help your vision stay crystal clear.
If you’ve already developed a cataract, or fear you might soon, have no fear. Grosinger, Signalman & Grey offer the latest in implant and corrective technologies, as well as check ups and consultations. If you would like to know more, please contact our office today and we’ll give you “clearer view” on the subject in no time at all.