Cataracts are a common problem that affects over 24.4 million Americans above the age of 40. Around half of all adults in the U.S. develop the condition by the time they reach age 75. It can cause changes in vision ranging from minor blurriness to blindness. There are ways you can lower your risk of cataracts.
Make Sure Your Diet is Rich in Nutrients
Your diet affects every part of your body – including your eyes. A study of over 35,500 women was conducted in 2008. The results found that participants who consumed more antioxidants from yellow or dark green leafy vegetables lowered their risk of cataracts by 18%. Additional studies have also pointed to omega-3 fatty acids as being beneficial.
Don’t Smoke or Stop If You Already Do
It’s a well-known fact that smoking is not good for you. It can also affect your vision. Research has suggested that people who smoke are twice as likely to develop cataracts compared to those who do not. The risk increases based on how much you smoke.
Enjoy Adult Beverages in Moderation
Adult beverages are not inherently bad for your eyes. However, much like other vices, enjoying them in excess can increase your likeliness of getting cataracts. Drink in moderation and keep your risk low.
Avoid Long-Term Use of Oral Steroids
Oral steroids are known to cause cataracts when used long-term. There is conflicting information about whether nasal spray or inhaled versions are also as risky. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about steroid use and cataract risk.
Schedule Regular Eye Exams
Living a healthy lifestyle and scheduling regular eye exams are the best ways to avoid cataracts and to receive proper treatment if you do develop them. Your ophthalmologist can check for signs of this condition and suggest ways to keep your risk minimal. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Michigan’s Leading Eye Care Physicians to schedule your appointment.