Can I Help Protect My Eyes from Developing Cataracts?

Ask-the-Experts-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-December-2015Q: Both of my parents developed cataracts in their sixties. Is there anything I can do to help avoid getting cataracts – at least for as long as possible?

A: Wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block ultraviolent sunlight may help to delay cataract development. If you smoke, stop. Researchers also believe good nutrition can help reduce the risk of age-related cataract. They recommend eating leafy green vegetables and fruit. If you are age 60 or older, you should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once every two years. In addition to checking for cataracts, your eye-care professional can check for signs of age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and other vision disorders.

Source: National Eye Institute