Prevent Cataracts by Protecting Your Eyes this Summer
While age is the most common cause of cataracts, it’s also true that exposing your unprotected eyes to sunlight can cause damage that can also lead to cataracts. Whenever you’re outdoors, it’s important that you take precautions to protect your eyes from the sun to lessen the chance of developing cataracts that can lead to a loss of vision.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the front of your eye which impairs your vision and can eventually lead to vision loss. People with cataracts often have trouble with:
- Making out near or distant objects
- Coping with light glare
- Discerning colours
- Recognising faces
Cataracts can take years to develop, but prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun can accelerate the growth of cataracts by damaging the protective elements of the eye. That’s why it’s important to take precautions and protect your eyes, especially during the summer seasons when the sun is most powerful.
Simple preventative actions such as wearing sunglasses or broad-brimmed hats and never looking directly at the sun can go a long way to preventing the development of cataracts, so make sure to protect your eyes – and the eyes of young children and older family members – with protective wear.
If you are concerned that you are developing cataracts, the first person to see is a general practitioner (GP). They will then refer you to an Ophthalmologist who specialises in caring for all aspects of the eye if your eyes need further analysis or treatment.
The Liverpool Day Surgery is the leading centre for cataract surgery in Sydney’s south-west, and possesses state-of-the-art equipment for cataract surgery and eye-related procedures. Dr Alman Ogane is the Head of Ophthalmic Surgery at the Liverpool Day Surgery, and has performed over ten thousand sight-saving cataract procedures. To arrange an appointment with Dr Ogane, please contact the Liverpool Day Surgery by calling (02) 4655 6625.