Cataract Myth #4

Cataract Myth #4

Myth: Not everyone gets cataracts.

Fact: If we are blessed to live long enough, we will all get cataracts. 

A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens. The first symptom of the aging of our eyes that will ultimately lead to cataract formation is the need for reading glasses in our 40’s. 

There are some risk factors to developing cataracts. Avoiding these risk factors will not prevent a cataract from forming but can slow down the development. Refrain from smoking, moderate alcohol consumption and protect your eyes from the sun with hats and sunglasses. 

Evidence on the role of diet in cataract prevention is mixed. Some research shows that eating foods high in antioxidants like vitamins C and E may help prevent cataracts. If you already have cataracts, it may slow their growth. 

The good news is that cataract surgery is a safe and quick procedure and you can even be spectacle independent if you opt for a multifocal intraocular lens.

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