Common Vision Problems
Cataracts are a clouding of the eyes
crystalline lens that usually develops slowly over time.
(In the case of post-traumatic cataracts, however, they can
also occur very quickly.) It is the leading cause of poor
vision in adults.
Symptoms: Dimmed or blurred vision, double vision, halos or glare around lights, dull colors, sensation of a film over the eyes, frequent cleaning of the eyes, difficulty driving or reading, and frequent changing or cleaning of glasses.
Treatment: If a cataract grows larger or denser, it can be surgically removed. It is a safe procedure with a near 100 per cent success rate. Following surgery, it is normal to require a change in spectacle correction.
UV protection when outdoors is very helpful.
There is also some evidence to suggest that
a diet high in beta carotene (vitamin A),
selenium and vitamins C and E have preventative
benefits. Avoiding cigarette smoke, air pollution
and alcohol consumption may also help.
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