Living with cataracts can drastically alter your life. Tasks that used to be easy, like reading a book or heading to the store suddenly become tedious and difficult. Plus the stress of dealing with a vision problem can be hard to process.
Unfortunately, the reality of cataracts is not going away anytime soon. Half of all Americans between the ages of 75 and 85 have experienced vision loss due to cataracts.
There is no way you completely prevent cataracts but there are steps you can take to minimize your risk. Here are four ways you can lower your risk of developing cataracts:
- Eat a balanced diet
Certain nutrients have been shown to promote good eye health. Simply by maintaining a balanced diet and eating “clean and green” you will lower your risk for cataracts. A healthy lifestyle pays off — not only will this keep your eyes healthy but it will keep your body healthy as well.
- Protect your eyes from the sun
Fresh air is good for you but the sun’s UV rays are not. You probably wouldn’t spend an afternoon outdoors without applying sunblock first. Next time, throw on a hat and sunglasses as well. You eyes will thank you for it!
- Don’t smoke or abuse alcohol
The negative effects of cigarettes and alcohol abuse are well-documented. But it’s not just your liver and lungs that are at risk — your eyes can be damaged as well. People who smoke and abuse alcohol are much more likely to develop cataracts.
- Keep up with your yearly eye exams
Okay, we can’t keep you from developing cataracts. But we can help you catch it early and advise you on how to manage them. Yearly eye exams are the best way to take care of your health and catch common eye diseases before they cause permanent vision loss.
Do you want to learn more about how to prevent or manage your cataracts? Or has it just been way too long since you’ve had your comprehensive eye exam? No worries, just contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Feinerman today.