The lens is an integral part of our eyes that helps us see. Its primary job is to bring objects at varying distances into focus by changing its shape. As we age, this lens clouds over time, creating something called a cataract.
When you start to develop cataracts, you may notice the following symptoms:
Most cataracts develop slowly as we age; however, some cataracts form from other causes.
Cataracts can occur after injury or even surgery, but health conditions, like diabetes, can increase your risk of developing cataracts and other eye diseases. Some medications, like long-term steroid use, can also increase your risk. And, although rare, children can be born with cataracts.
Some other factors that can put you at a higher risk of developing cataracts include:
There is no real way to completely prevent cataracts. But, you can slow how quickly they develop by wearing UV protection while outdoors or exposed to UV rays and eating eye-friendly foods: