Aging is a fact of life, something that happens to everyone. Unfortunately, with age comes a host of possible diseases and conditions. Cataracts are one of these conditions, affecting nearly everyone who lives past their middle age. While cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, the good news is that they are completely treatable!
A cataract forms when the natural crystalline lens in the eye starts to cloud up, obscuring vision. The lens in the eye must be completely clear to maintain good vision. You may notice increasingly blurry vision and one day it will get to the point where glasses and contacts will no longer help.
Millions of people in America suffer from cataracts and there is no known scientific cause or prevention method. However, there are some measures that doctors believe can help prevent the development of cataracts. These prevention measures include:
- Eating a healthy diet,
- Taking a multivitamin (your doctor can recommend a brand for you)
- Not smoking, or drinking in access
- Wearing UV protective glasses when outside,
- Visiting your eye doctor regularly
Once a cataract has begun forming, there is no method of treatment other than following the above tips to slow progression. Once the cataract is interfering with vision, your doctor will suggest cataract surgery. While cataracts can only be treated through surgery, cataract surgery is safe, easy and effective. If you suspect you have cataracts, call our office today at (614) 221-7464 to schedule a consultation!