What is Cataracts?
Cataracts is a health condition that makes your vision cloudy and difficult to see out of because particles of Kapha build in the eye, decreasing its transparency and translucency. Those that have had an eye injury, diabetes, or older age are more susceptible to having cataracts. As the cloudiness in the cataract grows, the blurriness increases making it even harder to see.
What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
- Using a stronger reading light
- Difficulty seeing in the night
- Blurred vision
- Seeing double in one eye
- Colors begin to fade or turn yellow
- Halos form around lights
- Overly prone to changes in glare and light
- Yearly changes in contact lens and glasses prescription
What are the Causes of Cataracts?
- Prolonged use of steroids
- Radiation therapy
- Smoking tobacco
- Ultraviolet light radiation
When to see a Doctor?
If you notice a sudden and noticeable change in your vision, consult your eye doctor immediately. Otherwise, your vision may change over time. Make an eye appointment to get your eyes tested and your glasses prescription adequately set.
Regular screening: If you don’t have any problems with your vision, you only need to see your eye doctor once every 2-4 years.
Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Cataracts
To reduce your risk of developing cataracts:
- Wear sunglasses while outside
- Visit an eye care specialist regularly
- Avoid smoking
- Eat healthy foods filled with antioxidants
- Stay at your recommended weight
- Stay on top of your diabetes or other health conditions