A cataract is a medical condition in the eye that prevents a person from seeing clearly. Protein clumps up over the eyes, clouding the lens and reducing the light that enters. Cataracts can lead to blindness if it is not cured early. Doctors have agreed that these are the best ways to reduce or even prevent the risk of cataract in a person.
- Get your regular eye check-up.
Yearly eye exam is important even for people who have clear vision. Routine eye care can detect signs of early cataract, glaucoma and other disorders in the eye.
- Watch your diet.
Eating food rich in antioxidants, vitamins such as C and E, and minerals can help ward off the development of cataract. Bell peppers, carrots, spinach, blueberries, sweet potatoes, wild salmon, chia seeds and more are food enriched in selenium, vitamins C and E, omega-3 fats, alpha lipoic acid and zinc. A healthy diet should always be a top priority not only for the eyes but for your overall health.
- Quit smoking.
Smoking does not only endanger the respiratory system of the smoker and the people around, it also doubles the chances of having cataracts. Based on studies made, smoking produces toxins that can cause cataracts. By stopping, or not even starting, the development of different eye diseases can be prevented.
- Do not expose your eyes to the sun for a long time.
We all know that the sun came also help in keeping our body healthy. However, too much exposure of your eyes to ultraviolet rays can damage the proteins in your lens. It would not hurt to wear shades or sunglasses during sunny days; in fact, it would even give you that ‘cool’ look.
- Check your alcohol intake.
Drinking wine each day is actually beneficial for the body and the eyes. But, if you drink more than two glasses of your regular drink a day, the chances of getting this eye disorder increases.
- Control your blood sugar.
If the blood sugar is high for longer than normal, the lens in the eyes swells. Blood sugar is turned into sorbitol that can collect in the eyes and would lessen the clarity of the vision. People with diabetes have higher cataract risks than ones who have normal blood sugar. Prevention is still better than cure. Eating right and keeping tabs on the health is important for a better and clearer vision. Not only that, it would also benefit your overall health.