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Cataract Awareness Month: Prevention & Treatment of Cataracts

Cataract Awareness Month: Prevention & Treatment of Cataracts

Created on: Monday, June 26, 2017
Author: Balin Eye & Laser Center

Did you know that cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world? Almost every person over the age of 40 has begun the slow, natural process of developing cataracts. Those who suffer know the daily struggles of cataracts – they can prevent you from driving, from reading… from looking out the window to watch the sunrise each morning.

What are cataracts?

A cataract is the clouding of the lens of your eye, which prevents light from passing through to the retina. Vision with cataracts often looks blurry and distorted – like looking through a piece of wax paper. Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process, and worsen over time.

At Balin Eye Center, we care about your eye health and want our patients to live a full life of clear vision. Since June is Cataract Awareness Month, we want to ensure you’re taking the right steps toward healthy vision.

Prevention

Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that cataracts can be prevented at all. However, there are some strategies that may slow the progression of cataract development:

  • Wear sunglasses. Wearing glasses with UV blocking lenses will protect your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun.
  • Maintain a healthy diet. Eating a nutrient-rich diet will ensure that you are in great eye health.
  • Stop smoking. Your doctor can give you tips on how to quit smoking, and offer guidance in the best strategies.
  • Reduce alcohol intake. Excessive consumption of alcohol may speed up cataract development.
  • Have regular eye exams. When we discuss cataracts, it’s important to mention the number one most important part of prevention and awareness: regular eye exams. If you are above the age of 50, an annual eye exam with your doctor can track the progression of cataract development, and help detect cataracts before they worsen.

Although there is no guaranteed way to prevent cataracts, we believe that a healthy lifestyle and good visual health can aid in slowing cataract development.

Treatment

The only way to get rid of your cataracts is to have the lens which is affected by the cataract surgically removed and a new lens implanted. Today there are many choices in lens technology including advanced lenses that restore distance, intermediate and near vision. Cataract surgery is making clear vision a reality for those suffering from cataracts.

If you or a loved one has been dealing with cataracts affecting their daily life, talk to your eye doctor about what you can do to improve your vision! Contact Balin Eye Center today 413-584-6666.



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