Cataract is the clouding of the natural lens in the eye, which sits behind the iris (coloured part of the eye). It is typically an age-related change, and with most people it progresses slowly over many years.
The start of a significant cataract can lead to a variety of symptoms, including blurred/misty vision and sensitivity to certain lighting.
There are lots of ways to look after our eyes, amongst several ‘lifestyle changes’, a healthy diet made up of antioxidants and certain vitamins may help delay the start of a cataract and limit its progression.
Avoiding foods high in carbohydrates and also carbohydrates:
- Soft drinks
- Snacks filled with sugar also help in limiting the change
Studies show that the natural reduction in the body of antioxidants, that would usually fight free radicals (waste), leads to a build-up of waste and ultimately wear and tear of the natural lens.
Antioxidant vitamins found in fruits and vegetables containing Vitamins A/C/E, Leutin and Zeaxanthin may reduce the risk of cataracts.
Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish have also been linked to decreasing the risk of cataracts.
Dark green leafy vegetables and colourful fruit are rich with anti-oxidants, including them in a healthy diet is recommended, however if you’re diet lacks enough of the key elements, taking daily multivitamin supplements containing the key nutrients may help.