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 CATARACTS

The lens inside the eye is normally clear, up until middle age. At that time the lens loses its clarity and begins to yellow, eventually forming CATARACTS. In the early stages, cataracts do not affect vision and surprisingly, the strength of the glasses can actually improve. As the cataract becomes denser, ones vision begins to deteriorate, at which point glasses no longer do the trick and surgery needs to be considered. Once the cataract is surgically removed a clear lens implant (IOL) is put in place, and new glasses need to be prescribed. Ask your surgeon about Aspheric implants, Restore bifocal lens and Crystalens accommodating implants.
As with any type of surgery, there are significant risks in cataract surgery.

Factors that precipitate cataracts:

1. high dietary fat intake
2. excess sunlight exposure (U.V.)
3. Prednisone steroid use
4. family history of cataracts
5. trauma to the eye

Factors that help put off cataract formation:

1. dark green vegetables and a low fat diet
2. UV protective sunglasses or a hat when in the sun
3. lutein found in eggs and spinach
4. caffeine in coffee, red wine, fish, green tea.
5. if you have small pupils you are better protected
6. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant