Few sights are as lovely as the gradual changing of the fall leaves. Vibrant colors of crimson, gold, amber and scarlet over the landscape offer rare opportunities for breathtaking photos and spectacular wonder. Autumn is a favorite time of year for many people because of the dynamic changes that occur in nature. It is possible, though, to miss these resplendent moments if your vision is clouded by cataracts.
Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world, causing 47.9 percent of visual impairment. When you have a cataract, the lens of the eye becomes clouded as the protein in the lens clumps together. As light passes through the clouded lens, images appear distorted or may have halos around them. Some people even experience double vision. The good news is that cataracts are quite simple to remove surgically. This outpatient procedure is one of the most common, safe and successful surgeries that are performed today.
As you grow older, the risk of cataracts increases. However, other factors can put you at higher risk for cataracts such as prolonged exposure to the sun, diabetes, smoking and alcohol use. You can take certain precautions to prevent cataracts from clouding your vision. Here are just a few ways that you can help prevent cataracts:
- Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat when you go outdoors. This will block harmful UV rays that are responsible for cataract progression.
- Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens and a wide array of colorful fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants which neutralize the harmful effect of free radicals.
- Stop smoking and limit your alcohol intake. This will benefit your entire body as well as your eyes.
- Schedule a comprehensive eye exam including an eye dilation once every two years. Staying current with your eye exams will help diagnose cataracts early so treatment can begin immediately (Source: National Eye Institute).
Take the necessary precautions to ensure that you won’t miss a moment of the fall colors each year. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam today at an eye center near you.