Cataracts form when protein builds up in your eyes. This causes clouding of your natural lenses, which may lead to limited light entry and reduced visual clarity. Here, Southwest Vision Center shares four helpful tips from our expert eye doctor in Edwardsburg, MI, on cataract prevention.

Preventing Cataract

1. Maintain a Healthy Diet and Lifestyle

Eating right is one of the most basic, yet effective ways to maintain your eyesight. We suggest incorporating lots of leafy greens into your daily intake as they contain high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants help fight off free radicals that can cause cataracts.

Eating fruits rich in Vitamins A, C, and E can help boost your immune system. Deep-water fish, like tuna, salmon, and mackerel, are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids that can promote healthy eyes.

2. Always Keep Your Eyes Protected and Well Rested

Studies show that excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays may increase your risk of developing cataracts. We recommend wearing sunglasses that offer 100% UV blockage to protect your eyes. We can also provide photochromic lenses for your eyeglasses in Three Rivers, MI.

Research has revealed a correlation between blue light-emitting devices and cataracts. We advise resting your eyes after every 20 minutes of using your digital devices, and we also suggest blinking regularly.

3. Quit Sight-Threatening Habits

Cigarettes contain harmful chemicals that can damage your eye cells and tissues, which may contribute to cataract formation. Excessive alcohol consumption can also cause rapid protein breakdown.

4. Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly

Cataracts can be difficult to detect, especially in their early phases. Our expert optometrist in Edwardsburg, MI, has the necessary expertise, knowledge, and equipment to detect lens clouding, and can provide prompt treatment to prevent vision loss.

For more reliable tips on how to prevent cataract development, call us at (269) 241-0031 (Edwardsburg), (269) 241-0032 (Three Rivers), or (269) 241-0033 (Buchanan). We welcome the opportunity to help you achieve better visual health.

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