Cataracts are something most people experience at some point in their life. By the age of 70, over half of Americans have experienced cataracts, so it is likely that either you have experienced them or that you know someone who has. 

While they are a common eye issue, cataracts are often misunderstood. No matter how old you are, there are some basic facts about cataracts you should know so you can do your best to protect your eyes. Let’s take a look at questions people often ask about cataracts.

Can sunglasses help prevent cataracts?

Sunglasses not only look cool, but they also protect your eyes from harmful UV light. But can they prevent cataracts from occurring? Exposure to UV rays can cause changes to the proteins in your eyes, increasing your risk of cataracts. Using sunglasses can reduce the chance you get cataracts. They also can reduce your risk of developing cataracts at a younger age. Sunglasses are a huge benefit to your long term eye health, so be sure to wear them.

Do cataracts only occur in older people?

Most people who experience cataracts are over the age of 50, although there are exceptions. Congenital cataracts can sometimes occur in newborns, but this is rare. 

Do all cataracts require surgery?

Fortunately, it is not necessary to get surgery for every cataract. Many times cataracts occur that never significantly affect your vision. In these cases, your doctor will monitor your cataract to ensure it is not causing vision issues but will opt not to perform cataract surgery

Can cataracts be prevented?

While there is no guarantee you can completely prevent cataracts, as there is a strong genetic component, there are many ways to can help to make them less impairing as well as possibly prevent them. You can be sure to eat a balanced diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables. If you are diabetic, be sure to keep your blood sugar in check. Quit smoking, or never start! Most importantly, be sure to see your eye doctor regularly, so if cataracts do occur they can be properly monitored.

South Palm Eye Associates Can Help You Take Care of Your Eyes and Cataracts

Call us today at 561-737-4040 to set up an appointment to have your eyes examined. Our experienced eye doctors diagnose and treat all ocular conditions, offering cataract surgery in Boynton Beach if necessary.