Have you started noticing your vision growing blurry, colors that seem faded and increased glare when driving at night? If so, you might be developing cataracts. Cataracts are a common age-related vision problem, and one of the leading causes of blindness in older people in the U.S. Cataracts can be treated.
What are Cataracts?
The lens of your eye should be clear. As cataracts develop they cause cloudiness of the lens. They occur as the proteins in the lens clump together. At first this just scatters the light that passes through, causing vision to be blurry and causing problems such as glare. As cataracts progress they cause the lens to become more and more opaque, eventually leading to blindness if not treated.
Diet, Lifestyle, and Cataracts
Diet and lifestyle choices can help prevent cataracts or slow the progression even after symptoms have begun. Protecting your eyes from sun damage and eating a diet rich in eye-healthy nutrients will reduce your risk of developing cataracts and other vision destroying eye conditions.
You may have heard people talk about getting their cataracts “removed.” Cataracts cannot actually be removed from the lens of the eye, but the lens can be replaced with an artificial lens called an Intraocular Lens (IOL). When the lens is replaced, cataracts do not return.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of cataracts, it is worth your while to talk to an eye doctor right away. You do not have to wait until your vision is severely impaired to undergo cataract treatment.