Approximately one in every six Americans age 40 and older have cataracts. That’s more than 24.4 million people. That number will increase to over half of adults by age 80. Cataracts are a very common and treatable condition. What can you do to decrease the risk of cataracts forming in one or both eyes?
- Healthy Diet: A healthy diet can do wonderful things for the body. It’s especially important to eye function. High blood sugar levels may cause diabetes which increases risk for cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. Proper diet will ensure that your eyes get the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants needed to stave off cataracts and other conditions.
- Stop Smoking: Research indicates that smoking can double the risk of cataracts, not to mention many other health conditions. The more you smoke per day, the greater the risk. It’s better to stop smoking now to begin living a healthier lifestyle.
- Sun Protection: The sun can be just as damaging to the eyes as it is to the skin. A study conducted at Johns Hopkins in 2014 verified that chronic sunlight exposure could increase your chances of developing cataracts. Wear sunglasses with UV protection and a wide-brimmed hat if you plan to be out in the sun.
- Alcohol: Reducing your alcohol intake can have a beneficial effect on your eyesight. Drinking alcoholic beverages are okay in moderation, but excessive consumption can hurt your vision.
- Consult an Eye Doctor: See your eye doctor regularly to make sure your eyes are healthy. A professional can screen for common conditions and make recommendations.
Contact Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan today ! Schedule a comprehensive eye exam and learn more about cataract prevention and care. We have three (3) convenient locations to serve you: Dearborn, Livonia and Madison Heights.
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