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Cataract Conditions

Untreated cataracts lead to blindness, and age-related cataracts are the number one cause behind blindness across the globe. Many studies have been conducted to discern if they can be prevented. While nothing has been proven, many ophthalmologists agree that the process can be slowed using a combination of consistent eye examinations, proper eye care and a healthy diet.

If you suffer from cataracts in the Sacramento area, contact Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center today by completing the form on this page or calling (916) 850-3060 to schedule a consultation. Stephen Wilmarth, MD has performed thousands of cataract surgeries, helping patients from Rocklin, Roseville and Folsom, California.

Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

  • Regular Check-ups. Cataract symptoms are difficult to notice in the beginning. As the murky film develops over the lens of your eye, you begin to experience several forms of vision impairment like blurred vision, trouble seeing at night and consistent prescription changes. During your check-up, Dr. Wilmarth will be able to detect the earliest stages of cataracts, and which types of cataracts you might have. Annual exams are the most common practice, but as you get older Dr. Wilmarth might recommend you come in more often.

  • Avoid Alcohol and Smoking. High amounts of alcohol increase your cataract risk among many other health conditions. Keep your overall health in check with moderate alcohol intake, and quit smoking. There are countless medications and programs available to help you stop smoking.

  • Be Wary of UV Light. Wear sunglasses to avoid UV light radiation. Avoiding light pollution like this could reduce your risk of cataracts. Make sure to keep your eyes covered on sunny days.

A Healthy Diet & Your Weight

It's important for your health in general to keep up with vitamin intake. Keeping your weight down, and taking good care of a chronic medical condition like diabetes, can lower your risk of age-related cataracts too.

  • Fruits and Vegetables. Your eyesight is just one of many reasons to have nine servings of fruits and veggies per day. These foods are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that ensure your eyes stay in good health.

  • Whole Grains. Whole grains are an integral part of your daily diet. Make sure to get three servings of 100% whole grains every day, and double check that the label says "100% whole grain."

  • Coffee. Coffee is surprisingly good for your eyes. Don't overdo it on the cream and sugar though.

  • Vitamins and Supplements. It's best to get your vitamins through your food consumption, but it's hard to get in the right amount of servings per day. You can take supplements to make up for what your diet is lacking.

    • Lutein and Zeaxanthin — These two antioxidants are essential for your eyes. They lower your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. They are naturally found in the back of your eye in a portion called the "macula." Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in colorful vegetables and leafy greens.

    • Omega-3 Fatty Acid — There are several types of fats, but omega-3 is one of best fats for your body and your eyes. Salmon and fish oil are the most common dietary ways to get omega-3 fatty acids into your body, but there are supplements available for those who don't care for the taste of fish. Ideally, your diet should include fish twice a week.

    • Vitamins A, C, and E — Most daily supplements include these vitamins. If you're eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables, you are already integrating these important vitamins into your daily diet.

  • Carbohydrates and Fried, Processed, and Sugary Foods. A diet loaded with carbs can increase your risk of developing cataracts by threefold. Fried food, processed food or foods heavy in sugar have been linked to poor eye health among other health problems like obesity. Try to cut back on the amount of sodium in your diet as well.

A healthy diet can improve all aspects of your health, including your eyes. Lower your risk of cataracts by keeping track of the vitamins you're getting on a daily basis. A colorful dinner plate could mean the difference between great eyesight and a cataract.

Dr. Wilmarth has been helping Sacramento patients overcome cataracts for more than 35 years. If you would like to learn more about how he can help you, contact Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center today online or at (916) 850-3060 to schedule your consultation. Dr. Wilmarth serves patients in Northern California, including Roseville, Rocklin and Folsom.

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