What is a cataract? What causes a cataract? These are a few questions that come to our minds.
A cataract is a condition that results in problems in vision. It happens because of the clouding or loss of transparency of the lens in the eye. Usually, cataracts occur in the eyes of older people.
Hence, it is better to get your eyes checked before it gets too late.
What is a cataract? What causes a cataract?
It is a painless clouding of the internal lens of your eye. They block the light from passing through the lens. As a result, cataracts make it difficult to see clearly. Also, they can cause blindness over time. The condition usually gets worse with time. Most of these cases occur in older people. However, very rare cases are found in young people too. Above all, smoking, excessive drinking of alcohol, eye injuries and diabetes result in cataracts.
What do these causes of a cataract lead to?
Some of the symptoms are as follows:
Your vision is blurry. You will have trouble seeing it at night. The colours appear to be faded. Your eyes’ sensitivity to glare increases. Also, your affected eye has double vision. Lastly, your glasses need frequent changes in the prescription.
How can it be treated?
Regular eye check-ups help to detect cataracts and other eye problems at their earliest stages. You can consult your doctor on how often you should have an eye check-up.
It would help if you quit smoking. Hence, you can ask your doctor for suggestions about how to stop smoking. You should follow all the methods suggested by your doctor to quit smoking altogether. Surgeries are the most common ways to remove a cataract from the eye.
How to take care of your eyes properly?
Do not ignore other health conditions. Follow a suitable treatment plan if you have diabetes or other medical conditions that can increase the risk of cataracts.
Having a balanced and healthy diet is very important. As a result, adding different fruits and vegetables to your diet ensures that you’re getting enough vitamins and nutrients. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, which help maintain the health of your eyes.
You should wear sunglasses to prevent Ultraviolet radiation from entering the eyes. Above all, this light from the sun contributes to the development of cataracts.
Do not consume heavy amounts of alcohol because they harm your eyes. Also, they increase the chances of your eyes developing cataracts.
We can say that preventing a cataract is not very difficult. Therefore, we need to take care of our eyes and follow a few methods to keep our eyes safe. For any issues or discomfort in your eye(s), we suggest you visit our hospital for a check-up.