Can cataracts be prevented?

Can cataracts be prevented?

Can cataracts be prevented?

Preventative measures are not too dissimilar from eye care recommendations to preserve vision either in place of surgery or post-operatively.

It is important to always protect the eyes from ultraviolet B rays, stop smoking (if applicable), reduce alcohol consumption (if applicable), avoid sunlamps or tanning booths, eat a balanced and healthy diet that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and maintain a healthy weight, as well as keep regular eye exam check-ups and appointments with an optometrist or GP for overall health monitoring (especially if other existing medical conditions, like diabetes, exist). If it is necessary for a person to use steroid medications on a chronic basis, it is important that a treating doctor performs regular checks and ensures optimum health on a frequent basis.

These measures won’t necessarily prevent cataracts, but they are believed to help to lower risk or slow down their development or progression (growth).

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