Cataracts is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. The most common sign of this condition is when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. It occurs when the lens, the route through which light rays pass onto the retina, which is made up of “water and protein fibers,” goes from being completely transparent to clouded. This cloudiness occurs because when the protein fibers “clump together, the lens loses it’s clarity, leading to blurred vision and, if left untreated, complete blindness,” writes Very Well Health.
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While there is no 100-percent effective way to prevent cataracts, especially when it comes to family history, there are steps we can take to reduce our risk and better our chances against developing this condition. Here’s a list of the 12 best ways to prevent cataracts…
1. Get Lots of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
There are many dietary choices a person can make to reduce their risk of cataracts. One of the first that we will talk about is omega-3 fatty acids. You’ve probably already heard of these before because they are recommended as part of a healthy diet, but Very Well Health lists them as a great protector against cataract development based on a study from 2005. This is because omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation. The study examined 71,083 women and found that those with a higher omega-3 intake had a reduced risk of cataracts.
Dr. Axe lists another study which found that “women who ate fish at least three times a week rather than less than once a month lowered their risk of cataracts, and overall, total fish intake was inversely associated with cataract formation.”
The best sources of omega-3’s are in oily fish like salmon and sardines, chia seeds and flaxseeds.