Cataracts and aging have one major factor in common; it is by far and away the single biggest cause of them.
If someone tries to tell you how to prevent them as we all begin to age, ignore them for another major reason.
There is no one single way anything can prevent them.
However, while there is no documented way to prevent them, there are several things you can do that can slow them down and this includes your diet, habits, and some key nutrients.
We have all seen first-hand a parent, relative or friend that has developed them and we may also have seen them develop in our cat or dog as they age.
The symptoms of cataracts and aging are very easy to spot, but only after they have reached a point where they are affecting us.
Here are the most common symptoms:
There are some disorders that can cause them as well as long term steroid usage, but by far and away the single biggest cause is the aging process.
It may be an inherited condition, which is uncommon, but what is not uncommon is diabetes.
Sugar can be extremely dangerous to us as we all begin to age, but once we pass that magical 60 year age mark, it becomes even more dangerous.
This is the reason that diabetes can easily trigger this condition.
The lens in our eyes get most of its nutrition from what is referred to as “the aqueous humor” which is the fluid filling part our eyes.
This fluid filling portion provides much needed oxygen to our eyes, but it also provides it a simple sugar called glucose, as an energy source.
When the levels begin to rise with too much added sugar as well as diabetes that is not controlled, the sugar level in both of these units rise.
Once it rises, swelling begins to occur, making the lens cloudy and blurry.
If it continues it can becomes a very real threat, making the control of sugar in our age group all that more important.
They can also begin to form when these same lens starts to lose its flexibility and well as its transparency. Once it loses its transparency, it starts to become thicker than normal.
This thickness as well as our tissues becoming weaker within these lens, allows them to break down and basically stick to each other.
It is this clumping or sticking together that begin the entire process of cataracts and aging.
Once this process starts, the following also begins to happen
When everything is working properly, our lens, which is located behind our iris, focuses light.
Once this light is focused, it passes through our eyes, where it produces a very sharp detailed and clear image on our retina.
When this process becomes compromised, it all begins to break down.
There are also different types that will affect cataracts and aging.
They include the following;
The first type affecting the center of our lens is referred to as a “nuclear” form. This form can be confusing to us for a couple of reasons.
The first is that our ability to read books or close objects will actually improve, and the second is that this “improvement” will disappear almost as fast as it appears.
As this form continues, our lens will turn yellow, than brown, and at this point we may not be able to identify different colors.
The next form, affecting the back of lens, is referred to as “posterior subcapsular” and begins as a very small spot.
As it continues to grow, it blocks bright lights of all kinds, and this soon leads to the “halo” effect we experience. This type also seems to grow faster than the other forms.
The third form that affects the sides or edges of our lens, is referred to as “cortical”, and begins as a small white colored spot that is more wedge shaped than round.
As this form grows, “streaking” begins to develop on the edges and then works its way to the center, where it blocks light.
The final form can be hereditary or it may also be the result of some type of eye injury we have suffered.
There are also some lifestyle habits that can increase your odds of developing them.
They include the following;
Cataracts and aging can be the result of several years of tanning booths and sunlight exposure without protecting our eyes.
Obesity and high blood pressure both place unnecessary pressure on our eyes and one of major side effects Corticosteroid medications is this condition.
If you take them, especially the inhaled form for extended periods, you are at risk.
There are some steps you can take to slow cataracts and aging and they include the following.
Lutein is one of the best known and powerful eye nutrients, and again while nothing can prevent it; this may help to slow it down.
Coq10 has attributes that help our lens form the damages of light and when combined with Vitamins E and C, they may also help.
All three of these are very powerful antioxidants that can help prevent the damages from free radicals that are attacking our tissues, including our eye tissues.
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