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Cataract Awareness

Eye health is important. Without our healthy eyes, we would not be able to see all the miraculous wonders of this world, from nature to people.  Unfortunately, there are many diseases that affect the eyes. One major eye disease is cataracts.  Cataracts are a painless clouding of the internal lens of your eye https://www.medicinenet.com/cataracts_pictures_slideshow/article.htm.  Cataracts affect about 20.5 million Americans over 40!

How do you know you have cataracts?  The most common symptom of cataracts is seeing blurry images at any distance. https://www.medicinenet.com/cataracts_pictures_slideshow/article.htm People affected by cataracts sometimes say their vision is foggy, blurred, or has a film over it.  Since the cloudy lenses prevent light from entering the eye to the retina, most have a hard time seeing and driving at nighttime.  Some experience the symptoms of double vision and sensitivity to light.  If you have cataracts you can suffer with all or just one of the aforementioned symptoms.


We all appreciate our vision, so let’s talk about ways to promote eye health and ways to prevent cataracts.  Common cataract risk factors are age, smoking, diabetes, eye trauma, excessive alcohol usage, prolonged sun exposure or radiation, and extended use of corticosteroids. https://www.medicinenet.com/cataracts_pictures_slideshow/article.htmAddressing these medical conditions and practices are necessary to help prevent cataracts. 


Certain foods, rich in Vitamin E and Vitamin C, can help prevent this eye condition, like whole grains, citrus fruits, nuts, broccoli, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, strawberries, etc.https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/cataracts/how-can-i-prevent-cataracts Avoiding cataract risk factors, modifying your diet, and making annual eye appointments together can help with the prevention of cataracts.  Stay “focused” on your eye health and make the necessary choices.

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