4 Ways To Protect Yourself From Cataracts

cataracts infographicCataracts are the leading cause of blindness across the world and affects more than 22 million Americans. August is Cataract Awareness Month, and NurseWise, a nurse triage and health education provider, has compiled information about the ways you can help protect yourself from getting cataracts.

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1. Get a baseline exam if you’re over 40. It is recommended that adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease get a baseline screening exam at age 40. This is the time when early signs of disease and vision changes may start to occur. People with cataracts usually do not experience symptoms like pain or discomfort in the eye until the cataract is more advanced. Your eye will also appear normal to others, until the cataract reaches an advanced state

2. Know your risk factors. In addition to having a family history of cataracts or having diabetes, other factors can increase your risk of developing a cataract. People who smoke at least 20 cigarettes per day have twice the risk of developing cataracts as compared to nonsmokers. Tobacco smoke contributes to the development of cataracts. Over time, if left untreated, cataract lead to decreased vision, and blindness.