Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Unlike other vision conditions, it can’t be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Up to date, the only treatment for cataracts is removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens through surgery.
The exact cause of cataracts remains unknown, but there is research suggesting a healthy diet rich in antioxidants and certain vitamins can reduce its risk and slow its progression.
Vitamin C & E
Studies show that foods high in Vitamins C and E may help prevent cataracts. Some great sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits, tomatoes, red and green peppers, kiwi, broccoli, strawberries, brussel sprouts, cantaloupe and potatoes. Green leafy vegetables, certain cereals, and nuts, especially almonds, are excellent sources of Vitamin E.
Lutein & Zeaxanthin
These vitamins could help in protecting your eyes from cataracts. They are found in eggs and green, leafy vegetables. Five servings of fruits and vegetables can produce over 100 milligrams of Vitamin C and five to six milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin.
Consult your eye doctor before considering any multivitamins or supplements. Whether you have concerns about cataract treatment or LASIK management, our specialists at AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care are more than glad to help. We are dedicated to protecting and preserving your vision for as long as possible.
Smoking harms your lungs as well as your eyes. Free radicals are chemicals that harm cells while antioxidants fight these chemicals. Smoking kills good chemicals and produces toxins that can result in cataracts. Quitting may prevent the development of the eye condition.
Routine eye exams can help with the early detection and treatment of cataracts. Let AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care be your one-stop shop for your eye care needs. We offer prescription eyeglasses and frames that enhance your vision and complement your face. Call us at (757) 772-0086 or request an appointment online. We help patients in Norfolk, VA, and surrounding areas.