How to Prevent Cataract Formation
As people grow older, many people develop cataracts which require, a simple, but an operation nonetheless. The surgery involves removing the opaque cataract and replacing it with a plastic intra-ocular lens.
Many middle aged patients ask if there is something they can do to prevent or delay cataract formation. In my opinion, the following things are helpful:
- Wear UV protected sun-glasses when out doors. Ultraviolet rays damage lens protein over time, therefore a good quality UV protecting sunglasses will limit the amount of damaging light entering the eye
- Vitamin C intake should be sufficiently high. A research into dietary intake and risk of cataract formation has shown that diet rich in Vitamin C is protective. Fruits and vegetables that contain high vitamin C include orange, kiwi, broccoli and green leafy vegetables.(1) Multivitamin capsules are NOT helpful.
- Quit smoking. Smoking releases free radicals which are harmful to the human lens.
- Keep diabetes under control.