This condition is characterized by the clouding of the natural lens. This cloudiness prevents lights from reaching the retina, creating blurry vision, glare, or a general dullness to your sight. Cataracts are often considered just another sign of aging, however, there are ways to delay this condition in your golden years.
A healthy lifestyle is your best defence against cataracts. Smoking, obesity, and excessive alcohol consumption increase your risk of forming early cataracts. Other factors, such as myopia, hormone replacement therapy, hypertension, and family history can have an impact.
Eating a healthy diet that is rich in Vitamin E, and carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin can be helpful in preventing cataracts and AMD. Including a range of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids have shown to be another prevention method. These can be found in many fruits, vegetables, and proteins, or they can be ingested through supplements.
Cataract testing is done through a variety of tests which are part of a normal eye exam
As your vision deteriorates, there are management strategies to help you live with cataracts. Stronger glasses may help you in the day-to-day tasks that become more difficult. Cooking, using your phone, driving, and reading can be improved with the right prescription and increased lighting. When these methods lose their efficacy, surgery is advised.
If your cataracts have progressed to the extent that they are now compromising your personal or professional life, then it may be time to consider surgery. This outpatient procedure takes less than a half hour and is performed on each eye on separate visits, with a few days of recovery time between. Within a few days, you could be seeing better and living life to the fullest.
First, your eye is numbed using anesthetic eye drops. The surgeon then makes a tiny incision, less than 1/8th of an inch, and removes the clouded natural lens. After the old lens is gone, a new intraocular lens is positioned to replace the old one. Most patients only need an eye patch while they sleep for the first week so they don’t rub their eye. Drops are used to aid healing.
This technique is incredibly safe and successful. It is the most performed surgery in the United States, with almost 3 million procedures performed annually. 90% of these cases report very good vision – between 20/20 and 20/40 – after the full 8 weeks of recovery.
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