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Tips for understanding cataracts

Maintaining eye health is an integral part of aging. So, when you are having trouble seeing it’s important to see an optometrist.  Your loss of vision may be temporary and related to the formation of an age- related cataract—the opacification or clouding of the eye lens.  

• It’s estimated that about 50% of people will have a cataract by age 65 and nearly everyone over 75 lives with some cataract. Cataracts can’t spread from one eye to the other. They can affect one eye or the other or both independently.

• Certain diseases like diabetes, hypertension and malnutrition along with heavy alcohol use, smoking, excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation or steroid use may induce cataracts. 

• Done the same day, cataract surgery is one of the most perfected operations in the word. The cataractous lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens. 

• Reduce your risk by maintaining healthy habits such as  regular consumption of fruits and vegetables rich in powerful antioxidants like lutein, zeaxanthin as well as vitamins A, C, and E, and wearing ultraviolet protective sun glasses. 

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