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Eye Care Tips: Guide To Naturally Prevent Cataracts

Keeping your eyes healthy is important, especially if you want to prevent eye-related issues like cataracts. Cataracts are caused by tissue degeneration and damage. Do not fret, because the following guide may help you prevent cataracts naturally. 

The Multivitamin Method

A study revealed that a multivitamin that contains vitamin C, E, and beta-carotene may help prevent cataracts from developing in your eyes. These vitamins help reinforce your eye tissue, which helps prevent degeneration. The study also concluded that cataract-risk can be reduced by 10 percent

Stop Smoking

Tissue degeneration and damage usually happens because free radicals invade your eyes. Free radicals drain your eyes of vital minerals and vitamins. 

Nicotine feeds free radicals to your body and, subsequently, your eyes. Do your best to quit smoking as soon as possible. And talk to your optometrist about your habit to make sure it has not already caused some degeneration or damage to your eyes. 

Consume More Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin are two ingredients found in several types of foods that can help keep cataracts from affecting you. Several studies have shown that a diet full of these ingredients can decrease your chances of getting cataracts. 

You can find these ingredients in the following foods:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Collards
  • Corn
  • Green peas
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Eggs
  • Orange
  • Carrots

Your optometrist may also know other natural sources of lutein or zeaxanthin. You can find these ingredients in pill form, or you can buy them online or in your local health food store. 

 Try Bilberries

You should also consider adding bilberries to your diet. Bilberries are closely related to blueberries and blackberries, but are still distinct.

Bilberries contain several antioxidants that target your eye region. These antioxidants help eliminate free radicals and increase blood flow to your eyes. This flow should help feed vitamins and minerals to your eyes, which should restore eye strength. The capillary walls are also regenerated and that should help keep cataracts away. A study showed that bilberries stopped the progression of cataracts for around 97 percent of 50 patients with this illness. 

These berries usually grow in Europe, but you can find bilberry extract from your local health food store or online. Or, you may find the fruit in your nearby grocery store or farmer's market. 

As you can see, preventing cataracts can be done as long as you know how to do so. Remember that these suggestions are preventative and not meant to cure cataracts if you already suffering from it. For more information, contact an ophthalmologist at centers like California Eye Specialists Medical Group Inc.