If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, it means the lens of your eye has become cloudy. This is likely due to natural age-related changes, which occur very slowly over time. It could be many months or even years before your cataracts become a serious concern.
Preventing the progression of cataracts is difficult, but making some minor changes to your lifestyle habits may help. Read on as the cataract surgery team at Clarity Eye Group suggests steps to reduce the risk of your cataracts getting worse.
Protect Your Eyes From Ultraviolet Light
Prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays are one of the biggest risk factors to the development and progression of cataracts. The more exposure you get, the higher the risk of your cataracts advancing quickly.
When going outside, make sure your eyes are protected by wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. Try to avoid spending a lot of time outside during peak sunlight hours (i.e., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Always avoid tanning beds.
Refrain From Using Steroid Eyedrops
Unless it is absolutely necessary, avoid using steroid eyedrops. They can have damaging side effects, including accelerating the development of cataracts. If you must use steroid eye drops, be sure to have regular eye examinations with your eye doctor.
Other commonly prescribed medications can have side effects that speed up the progression of cataracts. Check the side effects of any medications you take regularly and talk to your doctor about your options.
Keep Diabetes Under Control
Cataracts can develop more quickly in people who have diabetes. If you have diabetes, keep on top of your health and maintain healthy blood sugar levels with the help of your doctors.
Schedule Regular Eye Exams
Close monitoring by your eye doctor can reveal how much your cataracts are changing and how much they affect your vision over time. Aim for eye exams at least once a year (or more frequently, per your doctor’s recommendations).
Expert Cataract Care At Clarity Eye Group
Have you been diagnosed with advanced cataracts and recommended for cataract surgery? Trust your care to the team at Clarity Eye Group. Our cataract surgeons are highly respected for our advanced skills and state-of-the-art technology (including laser-assisted cataract surgery and the ORA system). We also offer a variety of premium “lifestyle” lenses to help you enjoy an active, exciting life after cataracts.
To request an appointment with our qualified cataract surgeons, please call or email us today.