Can I Naturally Prevent Cataracts from Forming?
Science has not yet found a way to prevent cataracts, but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless against this all-too-common visual threat. And you can protect your vision by taking the precautions listed below.
At Focal Point Vision, we’d love nothing more than to help maintain or correct your eyesight so you can enjoy long-term ocular health! So, contact us today, or visit one of our three San Antonio-area offices to ensure your best future outcome!
How do cataracts form?
Cataracts may begin forming around the age of 40 as the proteins in the lens of the eye start to deteriorate and clump together. And when the clumps of junked protein become large enough, these cataracts form a cloudy spot on the lens and cause visual blurring or fogginess. If left untreated, worsening cataracts could eventually lead to varying degrees of blindness. Advanced medical technologies have made treatment at Focal Point Vision a quick, simple, and safe procedure that our experts have performed countless times.
We employ the latest, most advanced techniques to treat cataracts
Our experienced, board-certified ophthalmologists will create a treatment regimen just for you, based on your unique needs, medical history, and the condition of your eyes. For example, treatment options will differ if you also suffer from common refractive errors, like nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
To fix your cataracts, we utilize state-of-the-art laser technology and the utmost care for your best possible results and comfort throughout. The procedure is one of the most widely practiced in the world and only takes 15 – 20 minutes per eye, with minimal downtime afterward.
Here’s how it works: first, an incision in the cornea is carefully made with a laser. Then, either an ultrasound device or a laser breaks up the cataracts and the cloudy lens, which are suctioned out. Finally, an artificial lens is implanted to replace the natural lens. The use of gentle laser energy facilitates optimal healing outcomes and makes stitches unnecessary.
Are there any strategies to prevent or slow down cataracts?
The formation of cataracts is an inevitable part of the aging process. In addition to being over 40, other factors may affect their development, including ocular injuries, past eye surgeries, genetic considerations, and health conditions like diabetes. And while studies have not found a way to prevent cataracts, there are several things you can do that may help.
Schedule eye exams regularly
First, it’s vital to schedule regular eye exams in San Antonio, TX. Our expert ophthalmologists can detect cataracts at the earliest stages and take the appropriate action to pre-emptively halt their formation and protect your eyesight.
Enjoy a nutrient-packed, healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables
As with many other health problems, a healthy diet full of vegetables and fruits can help. Science has found that a multivitamin does not offer the same benefit, but making the right culinary choices can supply the vitamins and minerals that promote ocular (and full-body) health. In fact, studies have found that those who enjoy a nutrient-rich diet are less likely to suffer from cataracts.
Avoid smoking and alcohol
Another lifestyle factor that may play a role in the development of cataracts, as it plays a role in the many other nasty conditions, is smoking. Research has found a link between smoking and the chances of developing cataracts, which provides yet another great reason to kick the harmful habit. Similarly, consuming less alcohol may also be beneficial.
Wear sunglasses to protect yourself from ultraviolet radiation
Ultraviolet radiation from the sun alters the proteins in the eye, and not for the better. So it’s best to wear shades whenever you’re out and about. For the best protection, be sure to choose a pair that blocks UVA and UVB rays, and as much visible light as possible.
Reach out to us today to explore your options
Take the first step in guarding your vision by reaching out to us at Focal Point Vision. We proudly offer the most comprehensive screenings and unique, personalized health strategies so you can enjoy clear, long-lasting visual acuity. So, contact us today, or visit one of our three San Antonio, TX offices in Alamo Heights, Schertz, or the Medical Center to ensure an optimal ocular outcome!