A cataract forms on the lens of the eye and is more common as you age. According to a 2014 report from the World Health Organization, cataracts are globally responsible for a third of severe visual impairments.
Night driving becomes more difficult and you may see halos around lights. Colors seem less bright and you may experience blurry vision.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent cataracts. Here are 5 tricks to help prevent cataracts in menopause:
Drink in Moderation
Too much alcohol can interfere with light entering your eyes, so you don’t see as clearly and may have trouble with glare from oncoming car lights at night. Women should stick to 1 drink a day.
Fruits and vegetables are full of good antioxidants. Cranberries, blueberries and blackberries have the highest amounts, and there are so many ways you can use them. Eat them plain, use as a topping for cereal, or bake them in a pie.
Highest sources of vegetables are beans, artichokes, and russet potatoes. Once again, these are vegetables most people like and can be used in so many different dishes.
Take Daily Multivitamin
Multivitamins provide nutrients to the whole body, Buy a vitamin that is geared towards your age and gender. Vitamins for senior women usually have extra vitamin D and calcium for bone health.
Vitamins A and C are highly concentrated in your eyes, and so aim for 5,000 IU of Vitamin A (as beta carotene), and 2500 mg of Vitamin C to combat free radicals. You may need to buy these as additional supplements.
Sunglasses are not too expensive, so find one that protect your eyes from both UVA and UVB rays when you’re outside. Plastic frames may be better if you’re playing sports, so there is less chance of them shattering if dropped or knocked off.
If finances are tight, there are clip-ons available that can be worn over regular glasses.
Schedule Regular Check-Ups
Cataracts usually grow slowly, so your eye doctor may choose and wait and see approach, so schedule regular check-ups at least yearly. Your eyes will be dilated so the pupil opens and your doctor uses a bright light so the whole inside of the eye is visible.
When first diagnosed, stronger bifocals, new glasses, or using a magnifying glass can be very helpful.