Cataracts are the clouding of the lens of the eye that develops slowly over time. In the United States, they are the leading cause of blindness. Currently, the only treatment available for cataracts is by going to see your optometrist for a surgical removal where the cloudy lens is replaced with an intraocular lens. While the exact cause of cataracts still remains unknown, studies suggest that some lifestyle changes may lower your risk of developing them.
Healthier Eating Habits and Cataract Prevention
While there is little you can do about your age (cataracts are a natural sign of aging) or your family history, there is much you can do to improve your diet.
Ask any eye doctor and they will be quick to tell you that eating healthier could possibly reduce the odds of you developing cataracts and other eye problems.
Research suggests that eating food that is high in antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E could prevent or minimize your risk of getting a cataract. People who consistently follow a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains may show a decreased risk.
The consumption of fish, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, has also been linked to a potentially reduced risk of cataract progression. Be sure to include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Five servings each day could provide about 100 milligrams of vitamin C and between five to six milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin.
A handful of nuts can supply between eight to 16 milligrams of vitamin E. These are all essential nutrients that can help keep your eyes healthy. You should also consider taking multivitamins and supplements daily to really decrease your chances of developing cataracts.
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