Cataracts - Did you know?

Created on: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in people over 40 and the principal cause of blindness in the world according to Prevent Blindness America.

A cataract is defined by a cloudy of the lens inside our eye that results in the inability of the eye to properly focus what we are trying to see.  Common symptoms that people with cataracts report include glare at night, filmy vision, and colors that are washed out.  The picture shows how a cataract scatters light that the eye is trying to focus.

There are a number of factors attributed to cataract development.  Here are a few of the more significant ones:  ultraviolet radiation (sunlight), diabetes, smoking, obesity, and previous eye injury.

If we maintain a healthy lifestyle and protect our eyes from the sun with diligent wearing of sunglasses, we can significantly reduce our risk of developing cataracts.  Also, clinical studies have shown dietary intakes of vitamin E and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin from food and supplements can significantly reduce the risks of cataracts.


 By Dr. Mitch Albers