Cataracts cause a clouding of the lens in the eye, making your vision appear to be foggy. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 and are the leading cause of blindness in the world.
Your eyes are meant to naturally adjust to normal light changes, adjust focus, and allow us to see both near and far. Your lens is primarily made up of water and proteins. The proper arrangement of these proteins is what contributes to normal vision. Some of these proteins clump together forming a clouding of the lens. During the initial stages, cataracts start small and have little to no effect on your vision. As the cataracts progress, the lens becomes more opaque and objects appear blurry, hazy or faded in color. The condition can be treated surgically.
Some studies suggest proper nutrition, a healthy smoke-free lifestyle, polarized lenses that block out 100% of the sun’s UV rays, and diabetes control may slow down the progression of cataracts.
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