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Prevent or delay development of cataracts
Prevent or delay development of cataracts

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Date published: 8/22/2010

Prevent cataracts

By ALISON JOHNSON

Daily Press (Newport News)

Cataracts, a clouding of the eye's lens that blocks vision, are common in people 65 and older. You may be able to slow the process:

Wear sunglasses. Buy glasses that guard against UVA and UVB rays.

Eat healthy foods. Vitamins in fresh vegetables and fruits may protect the lens.

Control diabetes. High blood sugar levels irritate eye tissue and also damage proteins in the lens.

Quit smoking. Studies suggest smokers may experience cataract symptoms earlier than nonsmokers.

Don't drink too much alcohol. People who have four or more drinks a day may be more likely to get cataracts.

Check on your medication. Long-term use of certain drugs may raise your cataract risk.

Have regular eye exams. The earlier cataracts are diagnosed, the easier they are to treat.

Don't ignore symptoms. These include clouded or blurred vision, increasing problems with night vision, sensitivity to lights and glare and a fading of colors.