Based on your responses, you may be at a low risk for cataracts in the near future. However, the risk of developing cataracts later in life increases the older you get, and any lifestyle changes may also impact your risk level. But for now, your best option is to focus on prevention so you can keep your risk low and avoid complications in the future.
Tips for Preventing Cataracts
There are no sure-fire ways to prevent cataracts, but there are things you can do to keep your odds low of developing cataracts in the future. You can’t do anything about your age or family history, but you can make healthy lifestyle changes to lower your risk.
- Switch to an “eye healthy” diet that includes leafy greens, nuts, whole grains, citrus fruits, and cold-water fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Wear sunglasses or a brimmed hat outside during the day to protect your eyes from sun exposure, which may speed up the progression of cataracts.
- Talk to your eye doctor if you take eye drops to treat dry eyes or arthritic flare-up in the eyes, as some eye drops may speed up the progression of cataracts.
- Ask about side effects of any prescribed medications that may speed up cataract progression.
- Undergo regular eye examinations to track the progression of cataracts and adjust your course of treatment as necessary before the symptoms become more problematic.
Early Signs of Cataract
Everyone at some point will develop cataracts with age. Cataracts also worsen over time, so it’s important to understand the early signs of cataracts so you can seek treatment and avoid loss of vision. If you recognize the following warning signs, schedule a cataract exam with your eye doctor:
- Sudden and persistent cloudy vision
- Gradual worsening of nighttime vision
- Increased light sensitivity
- Appearance of halos and glare