Cataracts & Your Eyes
As we age, the lens of the eye can become clouded, impairing vision. These opacities in the normally transparent lens are called cataracts. More than half of people over the age 65 have some degree of cataracts.
Cataracts affect over 20 million Americans age 40 and older and is the leading cause of blindness in the world.
Symptoms may include:
- Blurry vision, especially in bright light
- Cloudiness on the eye lens
- Requiring more light for reading
- Getting tired when reading
- Seeing halos, particularly in sunlight
- Difficulty judging distances or steps
- Loss of night vision
Complementary treatment and prevention tips:
- Have regular eye exams to help detect problems early.
- Stay on top of your health. If you have elevated glucose levels in your blood or diabetes, for example, you are at a greater risk of cataract and retinal disease. If you have diabetes, you need to have a regular eye examination once a year.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes in bright sunlight. Ultraviolet light may contribute to the development of cataracts.
- Eat a healthy wholefood diet. Antioxidants found in colorful fruits, vegetables and spices are good for your overall health, including your eyes. Consider taking a good quality wholefood multivitamin/herb/mineral complex daily.
- Don’t smoke; limit excessive alcohol, sugar, and fried oil consumption; and increase exercise. Always consult your healthcare professional or eye care specialist for any questions concerning the health of your eyes.
Treatment Options for Cataracts:
Surgery is the most common treatment for removing cataracts. This surgery is generally very safe and most people notice an improvement in vision almost immediately after surgery.
by Virgilio Sanchez Jr., MD