Avoiding CataractsPosted May 4th, 2011
Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. While the cause of most cataracts has not been clearly identified, studies have shown that some lifestyle practices are specifically linked with the development of cataracts.* They include:
• Prolonged exposure to the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight.
• Cigarette smoking.
• Long-term use of corticosteroids (such as prednisone).
Though seventy-five percent of people over age 60 have at least some signs of cataracts, actions can be taken to delay—and often prevent—serious vision loss due to cataracts. The easiest effective means of delaying the onset of cataracts is to wear sunglasses regularly when outside. Other lifestyle changes, while more demanding, will contribute, not only to eye health, but also to overall health and vitality.
*Source: The Johns Hopkins White Paper on Vision. See www.HopkinsVision.com.