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2 Super Easy Steps to Stop Your Vision Worsening with Age

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Losing your vision is scary!  Think about it. The older you get the more can go wrong with your vision.  You probably want to spend time playing with grandkids, spending time traveling, or just going for a walk and enjoying a beautiful day.  If you’re vision goes blurry or bad you won’t be able to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.  


Your doctor’s biggest concern for your eyes is cataracts. Cataracts happen to almost everyone. Cataracts is the #1 cause of blindness around the world.1


BUT… you don’t have to accept that your eye will just worsen with age! There are things you can do to reduce the severity AND ONSET of cataracts.

You might have heard of cataracts, but what are they exactly?


Cataracts is when the lens of your eye starts to get cloudy because age or injury causes damage to the tissues in your eyes.3  When cataracts begin to take hold, you likely won’t realize it right away. You will notice that your vision has worsened but glasses and contacts aren’t helping.  Cataracts can take 10-30 years to completely destroy your vision.


What causes cataracts?


Well, it turns out, quite a lot!


Factors range from nutrition, metabolic, environmental, and genetic.2 So if you have had a father, mother, brother, sister, or grandparent with cataracts chances are you will have cataracts.  

Here’s the good news!

You can stave off cataracts and maintain healthy vision… AND it doesn’t take expensive drugs or a massive change in your lifestyle!  Small changes that you can start right now can go a long way!


#1: THE SUN

The first thing is the sun. Excess exposure to the sun without eye protection increases your odds of getting cataracts.3  We think it’s because of the shorter wavelength ultraviolet light that causes the damage to your eyes that leads to cataracts.  


Action: wear sunglasses that are rated to block out ultraviolet light when you’re outdoors.




#2: NUTRITION

“You are what you eat”

- Parents of toddlers everywhere


Poor nutrition can increase the severity of cataracts as you age.  The lack of certain nutrients seems to increase early onset cataracts.  Here are some of the nutrients that will keep your eyes healthy .4


Nutrient

Food sources

Lutein and zeaxanthin

10 mg and 2 mg of egg yolk, corn, orange pepper, kiwi, grapes, spinach, zucchini, and squash

Vitamin C

500 mg of berries, citrus fruits, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and bell peppers

Vitamin E

400 IU of sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, and dark leafy vegetables like spinach and collard greens

Zinc

25 mg of oysters, seafood, beef, poultry, pork, beans, and nuts

Omega-3 fatty acids

700 mg of salmon, sardines, flaxseeds, wa


Table 14


It’s hard to get all the nutrients you need from just food alone. .  Supplements work to fill in the gaps from what is missing in your diet. .  


You can easily grab a bottle of the supplement you think are missing from your diet. (For example, if you hate fish, then you probably want to get some fish oil for healthy Omega-3s. Don’t worry! The supplements don’t taste or smell like fish at all!)


Or feel free to ask one of our team members for advice on what supplements to take!


By taking supplements you will have peace of mind that you are doing what you can to keep your eyes healthy and vision clear for as long as you live.  


P.S. If you’d like a pair of stylish sunglasses that have UV protection AND that have your prescription in them, call us now and we’ll get you taken care of!  770.499.2020


There’s nothing better than looking good, feeling good, taking care of your eyes, AND seeing well all wrapped up in one!

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References

  1. S.P. Mario Global data on visual impairments 2010,World Health Organ. On (2012)

  2. Zhu, X., Zhang, S., Chang, R., & Lu, Y. (2017). Review: New cataract markers: Mechanisms of disease. Clinica Chimica Acta, 47241-45. doi:10.1016/j.cca.2017.07.010

  3. Mayo Clinic Staff. (2016, August 23). Cataracts. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cataracts/symptoms-causes/dxc-20215129

  4. McCusker, M. M., Durrani, K., Payette, M. J., & Suchecki, J. (2016). An eye on nutrition: The role of vitamins, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants in age-related macular degeneration, dry eye syndrome, and cataract. Clinics In Dermatology, 34276-285. doi:10.1016/j.clindermatol.2015.11.009