Although I've worn glasses (or contact lenses) for over 50 years; my eyes have always been fairly healthy. Lately, I've noticed that night time driving, or worse, night-time rainy weather driving, is more challenging than it use to be; and at my last eye exam, my eye doctor noted that I had very early stages of cataracts. He assured me that it probably wouldn't be much of an issue for 20 years or so; but I figure it's time to do what I can to halt the progression as much as possible. I already eat a healthy primarily plant-based organic diet and take a comprehensive nutritional supplement program; but there is always room for improvement. The video and articles below offer several excellent suggestions (including nutrients contained in the products at the end of this post) for you or someone you care about who might want to prevent cataracts. Watch, read and please share!
"Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, but are largely preventable. People are supposed to be able to see for their entire lifetime without medical intervention."
Pamela A. Popper, PhD, N.D. of Wellness Forum Health
Below are resources for more "simple solutions" to help you prevent cataracts!
Can A Healthy Diet Prevent Cataracts?
- People who consistently follow a healthy diet that includes colorful fruits, vegetables and whole grains may show a decreased risk of cataracts. Antioxidant vitamins and phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables that may reduce the risk of cataracts include vitamins A, C and E, lutein and zeaxanthin.
- When taking steps to reduce your risk of cataracts, it's important to know that dietary modifications alone aren't enough. It's also important to shield your eyes from the primary source of harmful UV radiation: the sun.
4 Ways to Prevent Cataracts at Any Age
- Keep Your Vices in Check
- Eat Right
- Shake Your Eyes from the Sun
- Visit Your Eye Doctor
Treating Cataracts - Dr. Andrew Weil
The best thing you can do to prevent eye disorders is to make sure that your diet contains a variety of antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables...In addition to eating these foods, Dr. Weil recommends taking a good multivitamin-mineral that contains vitamin C, vitamin E in the form of mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols, mixed carotenoids (including lutein and zeaxanthin as well as beta-carotene) and the B-complex vitamins. He also recommends an anti-inflammatory diet, including essential fatty acids such as fish oil, and herbs like turmeric and ginger. Read more.
- Have regular eye examinations.
- Quit smoking.
- Manage other health problems.
- Choose a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Wear sunglasses.
- Reduce alcohol use.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.