When You Have a Cataract

A cataract is a clouding and yellowing of the the lens inside the eye.  Symptoms of cataract include:

  • Blurry vision.
  • Faded colors.
  • Glare and halo around lights.
  • Night vision problems.
  • Double vision

Many people can have an age-related cataract in their 40s and 50s, but it doesn’t affect vision.   After age 60, cataracts often affect vision and require treatment.   Smoking, alcohol use, and prolonged exposure to sunlight, can also cause cataracts to get worse.

The  good news is that a healthy diet that includes colorful fruits, vegetables and whole grains, can go a long way at preventing vision loss due to cataracts.   Antioxidant vitamins and phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables, such as vitamins A, C and E, lutein and zeaxanthin are also excellent choices.