Thursday, April 22, 2010

Clouds Belong In the Sky, Not On Your Eyes

The risk for cataracts (clouds the lens of the eye so vision is impaired) sharply rises after 60 years of age even though it is not unusual to get them at 40 or 50.

By age 80 50% of all Americans will have cataracts or will have had them removed.

You can delay the onset by:

1. Eating certain fruits and vegetables (dark leafy greens, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, green peas, dark green or yellow fruit) and egg yolks.

2. Not smoking

3. Protecting your eyes from sunlight with sunglasses and a hat.

4. Having regular eye exams.

What used to be a hospital stay is now an outpatient procedure to have cataracts removed. In fact it is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States and is painless.

Find out more about cataracts and eye disorders on

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