“Prevention is the most powerful tool in the quest to reduce disease and healthcare costs,” according to Dr. Nicholas J. Volpe, Tarry Professor and Chairman Department of Opthalmology Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University, speaking before Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Healthy Transitions Program®.
* Don’t smoke. Smoking triples the risk for cataracts and is also a risk factor for macular degeneration and its response to treatment.
*Wear sun glasses that are UV protective.
* Wear safety glasses for high risk activities.
* Pay attention to nutrition. You need fruits and leafy vegetables, Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C and E. In a study about folks who ate leafy green vegetables, there was a five fold increase in cataract prevention over those who ignored leafy green vegetables in their diet.
* Don’t ignore symptoms. Many afflictions of the eye like glaucoma are irreversible, however, they can be handled when caught early.
* Get regular eye examinations.