During your regular eye exam
ophthalmologist near New York, one of the conditions he or she will check for is cataracts. Cataracts
cause the lenses of the eyes to become cloudy, creating blurred vision
that can be especially problematic at night. Although cataracts generally
don't cause many symptoms in their early stages, your eye doctor may
eventually recommend surgery if your symptoms begin to interfere with
your daily life. Cataracts are very common, but is there anything you
can do to avoid developing them? Here is what you need to know.
Smoking can contribute to many different vision health problems, including
cataracts. You can cut your risk of cataracts by cutting out cigarettes. Quitting
isn't easy, but your primary doctor has tools that can help, including
therapy and medications that help to control cravings.
UVB rays from the sun can damage your eyes and lead to the development
of cataracts. Whenever you're outside in the daytime, wear sunglasses
to protect your eyes—even on cloudy days. The kind of sunglasses
you choose also matters. Be sure that the lenses you choose offer protection
from UVB rays, or else they won't be effective in controlling your
cataract risk. If you need to wear glasses, ask your eye doctor about
getting prescription sunglass lenses.
See Your Eye Doctor
Regular visits to your eye doctor won't necessarily prevent cataracts,
but they will allow your doctor to diagnose them in the early stages so
treatment can begin. During your exam, your eye doctor can also make personalized
recommendations to help improve vision health, such as eye health recommendations
for people with diabetes.
If you suspect you could have a cataract or another eye health problem,
visit Dr. Mark Hornfeld. Our practice offers treatment for cataracts,
LASIK eye surgery, glaucoma management, and much more. To make your appointment, call (646) 350-3391.