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3 Ways to Help Prevent Cataracts

A couple living life free of cataracts.

Cataracts can be a nightmare to deal with. They form as we age, clouding over the lenses in our eyes causing blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and eventually blindness. Unfortunately, age-related cataracts cannot be prevented. However, there are certain risk factors that can lead to cataract development down the road. Here are 3 ways that you can help reduce your risk of getting cataracts.

1. A Healthy Diet Can Make a World of Difference

You’ve been told your whole life that eating your fruits and vegetables will make you strong, but it can also help you maintain healthy eyesight. Studies show that people with diabetes are at an especially high risk for cataracts. Even if you don’t have diabetes, it is important to include plenty of leafy greens, fruits with lots of antioxidants, and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids in your diet – not just for your eyes, but for your overall well-being.

2. Change Your Lifestyle for the Better

It’s no secret that smoking is bad for you. Quitting smoking is infamously difficult, but absolutely worth it. Smoking, as well as using drugs and drinking alcohol too often, not only take a tremendous toll on your body, but also on your vision.

An easy change you can make to protect your eyes is wearing sunglasses that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection. Did you know that not all sunglasses are the same? If your sunglasses don’t specifically state that they are 100% UVA and UVB protected, they may be doing more harm than good. This is because darkened lenses cause your pupils to enlarge so that more light can enter into them. This is nice when you are trying to see in the dark, but in broad daylight, it can wreak havoc on your retinas. Consider changing your sunglasses if they are not offering protection, as well as wearing a wide-brimmed hat outdoors for extra shade.

3. Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly

It is extremely important to receive a checkup at least once a year or more depending on your age or other risk factors. Early detection is hands-down the most effective way of stopping any problem from becoming worse. Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers in Jefferson and Louisville, Kentucky are the top choice in the area by optometrists. If you have any concerns or would like to schedule your first appointment, contact us today!

Cataracts Can Be Safely Treated

If you develop cataracts, it is not the end of your vision. The fact is, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgeries performed today. At Bennett & Bloom, we are proud to have over 99% success rate.

If you have more questions about cataracts or if you would like to schedule a cataract surgery consultation, be sure to contact us today!