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Aging is Key Factor in Cataracts

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 @ 07:10 AM
Author: Amit Mathur

Cataracts is an eye disease that is common among elderly people. It is when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. The lens is the clear outer part of the eye and once it becomes cloudy it impairs the ability to let light in and focus. Images become blurry. In addition to the cloudy spots, some people experience a blown or yellow tint to everything because their natural lens has stained over time.

Causes of cataracts vary. What happens is that the proteins on the lens, which are designed to allow light it, get stuck together and form clouds that block vision and prevent light from getting in. This can occur because of:

  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Trauma
  • Sun exposure
  • Radiation
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption

Symptoms of cataracts are blurry or faded vision, halos, double vision, and compromised night vision. It’s vital to see an eye doctor immediately if these symptoms occur. The easiest fix for the problem is to update or start wearing glasses or contact lenses.

The other treatment option, of course, is surgery. The original lens is simply replaced with an artificial one to restore vision. Recent changes in technology make eye surgery a common and low risk option. The rate of vision recovery is very high and though the surgery does come with risks, they are minimal.

Cataracts isn’t a given with aging. Preventative methods can preserve your lens so it holds up over time. This includes simple things like consuming antioxidants and wearing sun glasses to avoid overexposure.

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