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Preventing Cataracts

Posted by iowacityasc on Jan 17, 2017 3:52:56 PM

There is no scientific proof that cataracts can be prevented. Most types of cataracts are usually accepted as a normal part of aging. However, doctors advise that there might be ways to reduce your risk of developing or slow their progression.

Medical Interventions for Preventing Cataracts

The key to preventing cataracts is early detection. Because most cataracts grow slowly, you might not notice the subtle changes to your vision until they have progressed significantly.

Regular eye exams can detect cataracts early on and allow you to start taking steps to manage symptoms.

These steps may include lifestyle changes that can help manage and hopefully, slow down their progression.

Ask your eye doctor how often you should have your eyes examined.




Keep up with your yearly physicals with your primary physician. Certain conditions, including diabetes can increase your risk of developing cataracts.

Following your treatment plans for diabetes and any other medical conditions could help in preventing cataracts.

If you are prescribed steroids for any length of time, discuss the increased risk of developing cataracts because of this type of medication.

Lifestyle Changes for Preventing Cataracts

Remember your mother telling you to eat your carrots because they were good for your eyesight? She may have been on to something.

Eating a diet full of colorful vegetables and fruits makes sure you are getting plenty of important vitamins and nutrients that are crucial, not only for eye health, but for your overall health.

If you are a smoker, your risk for developing cataracts increases. Even if you have tried to stop before and weren’t successful, try it again.

Speak to your primary physician about strategies for quitting smoking. There are now medications that can help you achieve this goal safely.

Drinking alcohol excessively can increase your risk of cataracts. You do not need to entirely quit drinking, just do it in moderation.

Wear sunglasses when you are outdoors in bright sunlight.

The sun’s ultraviolet rays are suspected of causing cataracts. Make sure your sunglasses block UVB rays.

If you do develop cataracts, your symptoms can be managed. However, as they progress and interfere with your vision, it may be time to consider cataract surgery. The eye surgeons at Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center are ready to help. Contact us if you would like to schedule an appointment!

Topics: Cataracts

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