If your vision is getting blurry, there are many different causes, but one of the most common vision issues is cataracts. What is happening is that the crystalline lens in your eye begins to harden and lose flexibility as you age. Although cataracts are more common in adults over the age of 60, it can happen in younger individuals, even children. Infants can be born with a congenital cataract. It’s estimated that over 2.5 million Canadians experience cataracts, which can lead to vision loss without treatment.
Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the damage to your eyes. Although you can’t prevent aging, you can limit environmental factors that hasten the process. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes against the UV rays of the sun. Don’t smoke. Eat foods that are nutrient-rich, especially those with antioxidants. Your mom knew what she was talking about when she told you to eat your fruits and vegetables. Include vitamin supplements to your diet.
Treatment for cataracts has come a long way with today’s more specialized technology. With cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed from the eye and replaced with an artificial lens. It’s completely safe and performed every day by optometrists. Through proper treatment, you will be able to see more clearly and enjoy your high quality of life well into your golden years.