Six Tips To Help Prevent Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding on the lens of your eye, leading to blurry vision. At Focal Point Vision, our doctors perform comprehensive eye exams that aim to detect cataracts early on. During your visit, our team will discuss ways to prevent cataracts from developing in San Antonio, TX. Cataracts generally develop from an injury or the natural aging process. Long-term use of steroids, past eye surgeries, or diabetes can also contribute to the development of cataracts. Most cataracts develop slowly, which makes it important to schedule regular eye exams where we can detect changes with your vision.

Cataract symptoms

Some common signs of a cataract include:

  • Blurry or cloudy vision

  • Increased difficulty seeing or driving at night

  • Light sensitivity

  • Halos

  • The need for brighter light when reading

  • Double vision

As a cataract grows larger, it will cloud more of the lens, leading to more noticeable changes with your vision. At Focal Point Vision, our team suggests scheduling an eye exam whenever you notice any changes with your vision.

Cataract prevention

Our team at Focal Point Vision can offer suggestions on how to best prevent a cataract from developing, including:

  1. Schedule regular eye exams: Our team can spot eye problems early on. If you’re between the ages of 40 and 64, you should have an eye exam every two to four years. When you’re over the age of 65, you should visit us more regularly (at least once every two years).

  2. Eat a healthy diet: Eating foods that are high in antioxidants helps prevent cataracts. Some vitamin C foods include tomatoes, red and green peppers, citrus fruits, brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, broccoli, and kiwi. Vitamin E-rich foods include vegetable oil, such as sunflower or safflowers, and nuts and spinach.

  3. Wear sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection: Ultraviolet light can cause significant changes with your vision. Choose sunglasses that block out 99–100% UVA and UVB rays and screen 75–90% of all visible light.

  4. Quit smoking: Smoking can be detrimental to your eyes. Smoking creates more free radicals in your eyes, which are chemicals that harm cells. Smoking kills off the good chemicals and produces toxins that cause cataracts.

  5. Limit alcohol: Research shows that those who drink fewer than two drinks a day have a lower risk of developing cataracts.

  6. Keep your blood sugar under control: When you have diabetes, it’s essential to maintain your blood sugar. People who have diabetes are more likely to develop cataracts. Your lens swells when your blood sugar remains too high for too long. When blood sugar collects in your lens, you will get blurry vision, and cataracts can form.

Learn how to prevent cataracts effectively

At Focal Point Vision, we perform comprehensive eye exams that detect and diagnose cataracts. If we don’t detect cataracts, we can provide helpful tips on how to prevent them. When diagnosed with cataracts, we offer different treatment options for patients wanting to repair their eyes with cataract surgery. When you notice any changes to your vision, call our team in San Antonio, TX today to schedule an appointment.

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