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I have been diagnosed with mild to moderate cataract (a clouding of the eye’s lens over time) and was told that I do not need surgery at the moment but to check in a year. How can I prevent progressive increase in my cataracts?
Most individuals over age 50 to 60 technically have age-related changes in their lenses that might be termed "very early cataracts."
In general, prevention is difficult; but the most helpful practice is to avoid ultraviolet light from the sun with sunglasses. Avoid using steroid eye drops unless absolutely necessary. Avoid the rare medications that may be associated with cataract progression.
Answered by: Charles P. Wilkinson, MD
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Answered: Mar 11, 2014
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