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Does everyone develop cataracts?

Yes, if we are fortunate enough to live for a long time we will eventually develop cataracts. Cataracts are a function of aging and are most often found in people over the age of 60.

So what is a cataract? A cataract is when the lens inside our eye becomes cloudy and opaque. This impedes the amount of light that can travel into the eye. Kind of like how a fog impedes how far the lights from your car headlights can travel.

Is there anything that helps with prevention? While there is no proven method to prevent cataracts from forming there are some things that may help slow down their development:

  • UV light contributes to cataract formation so wearing quality UV blocking sunglasses is a good defense.

  • Antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C, E, Zinc, Selenium and magnesium can be beneficial.

  • Not smoking.

What is the treatment for cataracts? Treatment will depend on the severity. Mild cataracts don't require any treatment. As they progress sometimes adjusting the glasses prescription will help clear up the vision. If the cataracts progress to a severe enough stage where they are significantly impeding vision then we can refer you to an eye surgeon to have the cataracts removed.

Cataracts are something that we're checking for at every comprehensive eye exam. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions regarding cataracts at your next visit.

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