Once we pass the age of 40, we become prone to developing certain vision related conditions like cataracts and possibly macular degeneration. However, as I tell my patients, become proactive now to protect your vision! First, let me explain a little about both of these conditions.
Cataracts are an outgrowth on the lens that distorts vision. Over 17% of Americans over 40 have cataracts and it is a very common vision problem. They are caused by aging, over-exposure to ultraviolet light, as well as oral and spray (as in asthma inhalers) steroids that get in the eyes.
Cataracts typically have been treated in the past with traditional or laser surgery. However, Russian researchers have shown remarkable success in reversing cataracts with eye drops containing a powerful antioxidant, n-acetyl carnosine, or NAC.
In contrast, age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) can be a genetic eye condition, as well as age-related, with uncertain causes. However, researchers feel that unhealthy, low-antioxidant, high fat diets, and smoking, may contribute to the development of the condition. Over 1.6 million Americans are affected by macular degeneration and can mean serious vision loss.
The macula, part of the retina that gives clear vision, becomes damaged by blood vessel abnormalities resulting in decreased light sensitivity and central vision. There are two types, dry (the most common) and wet (least common, but more vision damaging).
Interestingly, recent studies have shown an association between cataract surgery and the development of macular degeneration. It seems reasonable then, that if you could prevent, or reverse, cataracts naturally you could reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration.
Prevent Cataracts and Cut Your Risk of Developing ARMD
The following are the same strategies I give my patients to prevent cataracts, and reduce their risk of developing macular degeneration.
Well, there you have it! As I tell my patients, even though your vision today may be of no concern to you, taking some proactive steps for tomorrow can greatly reduce your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.
Eating a healthy diet, living a healthy lifestyle with no smoking, and adding some vision-protective antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to your daily routine, can go a long way to ensure enjoying healthy vision into your golden years!