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Cataracts

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  Typically as a part of the aging process, Cataracts are a condition where the lens in the eye becomes cloudy.  As we age, the lens can become hard, cloudy, and turn yellow or brown.  Looking through a cloudy lens is like looking through a pair of dirty glasses. 

 

Potential signs of Cataracts are blurred vision, glare, difficulty seeing at night, muted colours, or decreased contrast.    

These changes can be exacerbated by excessive UV damage.  Therefore, UV protection is highly recommended as well as eating antioxidant rich foods.

The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends such antioxidant rich foods as:

  • Small red beans

  • Blueberries

  • Pecans

  • Red berries like cranberries, strawberries and raspberries

  • Prunes

  • Apples - Red delicious, Granny Smith and Gala

  • Artichokes

  • Dark green veggies like kale and broccoli​

It is important to continue annual dilated eye exams to evaluate for any potential signs of Cataracts.  Cataracts may progress slowly over many years or quickly over a span of a few months.  A visit with your optometrist can help identify early signs of the condition and discuss potential treatment options if needed.