With eye problems, cataracts are one of the most well-known and prevalent. The National Eye Institute estimated that approximately 24.4 million Americans aged 40 and above suffer from it.
The cause of this insidious disease is not yet determined. But certain conditions and lifestyle choices predispose it. Just like any other disease, it is a combination of a plethora of predisposing factors.
There is no exact textbook way to prevent cataracts. However, years of research and documentation revealed that by observing certain practices and reducing certain behaviors, the possibility of developing them lessens.
Of course, genetics play an essential role in developing eye defects such as it. But that alone cannot render you blind. Your environment and practice make or breaks what your parents gave to you.
Here are several things that you can do to lessen your predisposition towards the eye defect.
A. Reduce UV exposure.
Ultraviolet or UV is the enemy of your skin. When your dermatologist told you that you should wear sunblock, you should have taken him seriously. Concurrently, your eyes are also sensitive to UV. One study showed that wearing sunglasses reduces the damage caused by UV on your lenses, effectively reducing the chances of developing it.
B. Eat right.
Another study suggested that by consuming foods rich in antioxidants, you can protect your eyes. Antioxidants deter cell death. By increasing it, you are reducing the accumulation of damage on your lenses.
It is important to include fruits and vegetables in your diet. They are a valuable source of nutrients and minerals that can also help fight cell death.
C. Avoid smoking.
Smoking gives rise to a host of respiratory problems. Lung cancer is no joke. But their meeting highlighted that smoking does not only bring out your lung disease. It so raises the possibility of getting a cataract.
D. Lay low on the alcoholic beverages.
Like smoking, alcohol can also increase the risk of getting this disease.
E. Take care of your health.
Lifestyle diseases like hypertension and diabetes have genetic implications. Taking care of your health by maintaining your blood pressure and sugar levels will most likely decrease the likelihood of getting the disease. By lowering your blood pressure and sugar levels, you can avoid both conditions from inflicting further damage on your body.
F. Have yourself checked.
To prevent and delay any disease, you must visit your doctor regularly. Furthermore, any disorder still in its early stages is detected early, giving time for early treatment.