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Prevent Cataracts and Preserve Your Eyes

POSTED ON June 5, 2013

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Imagine going through your daily routine without clear eyesight. Getting dressed, making coffee, and going to work…all of these activities would be much more difficult without the asset of healthy eyes. Cataracts can be a major threat to clear vision. A cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye that causes a decrease in vision. Cataracts are caused by the clumping of proteins within the eye creating a cloudy film over the lens. While cataracts may not be completely avoidable, there are a few ways you can prevent ...

Imagine going through your daily routine without clear eyesight. Getting dressed, making coffee, and going to work…all of these activities would be much more difficult without the asset of healthy eyes. Cataracts can be a major threat to clear vision.

A cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye that causes a decrease in vision. Cataracts are caused by the clumping of proteins within the eye creating a cloudy film over the lens. While cataracts may not be completely avoidable, there are a few ways you can prevent the occurrence to the best of your ability.

1. Avoid UV Rayscataract_complete_cataract

There are a few different ways to avoid ultraviolet radiation. Avoiding excessive amounts of sun, wearing a hat, and wearing UV protective sunglasses are all effective in preventing cataracts. Ultraviolent radiation is the strongest in between 10 a.m. through 3 p.m.

2. Get Your Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Not only do omega -3 fatty acids help fight inflammation, they help shield your eyes from possible cataract development. According to researchers in 2005, women who had a higher dose of omega-3 fats had a reduced risk of cataracts. This nutrient can be found in different types of seafood like salmon or sardines.

3. Avoid Smoking and Excessive Amounts of Alcohol

We know smoking and drinking heavily can have many bad effects on your body. Believe it or not, they affect your eyes as well. According to studies done by the Boston University School of Medicine, there is a link between cataracts, the usage of cigarettes, and heavy amounts of alcohol. The best way to protect your eyes is to avoid both of these factors.

If you have any questions about cataracts or are seeking treatment options,come by any of our 19 convenient locations  and see Dr Tavel.

 

 

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