Some of the Causes of Cataracts are age, exposure to sunlight (ultraviolet and other types or radiation), injury, diseases, prescription drug side effects, certain chemicals, diabetes and other diseases, smoking, heredity, poor nutrition, and poor digestion.
Nutritional deficiencies cause Cataracts to develop earlier and progress faster, as they do in underdeveloped countries.
For instance, in impoverished urban areas of India, cataracts progress so fast that the require surgery at least ten years earlier that they do in the United States.
In every part of the world, people with poor digestion and chronic bowel problems have a four fold higher incidence of cataracts.
The reason is clear: Malnutrition and chronic diarrhea conditions substantially increase the risk of cataract formation.
Even though cataract formation is not inevitable, the aging of the eyes contributes to one of the causes of cataracts.
We know that the curvature of the lens changes as we age which is why many older people require reading glasses.
While cataracts generally develop in older people, however, they are not an inevitable result of the aging process.
Research shows that good nutrition and supplementation can stop cataracts.
Other ophthalmologists are starting to join in suggestions supplementation and changes in your diet as soon as cataracts are detected.
Steroid drugs can be a cause of cataracts in children, just as they can in adults.
Any child who needs to take a steroid drug because of rheumatoid arthritis or asthma should be given the lowest possible therapeutic dose to prevent the development and the causes of cataracts.
Sunlight is definitely associated with the formation of cataracts.
The invisible ultraviolet (UV) component of sunlight promotes Free Radical damage in the lens.
The brighter the sun the greater the UV radiation doses.
The effects of radiation are cumulative throughout life, they add up as we go along.
That’s why skin cancers can develop four or five decades after major sun exposure.
Cataracts are a similar symptom of overexposure to sunshine.
Epidemiological studies around the world have indicated that people living at higher altitudes and in greater sunlight have a greater risk of cataracts each decade than control populations.
Changes in the Earth’s ozone layer means that more UV radiation is now reaching the surface.
Therefore, the need to prevent cataracts will only increase.
Everyone that is exposed to reflected UV light from snow, on beaches, or in tanning salons need to cover their entire eye area with ultraviolet blocking sunglasses to prevent exposure to UV radiation.
Human being are not the only organisms that suffer from the erosion of the Earth’s ozone layer.
I remember reading a late 1980s magazine article about the ozone hole over the southern hemisphere being a cause of cataracts.
The article noted that rabbits were developing cataracts, making many of them blind.
You can be sure that if the rabbits are having problems, we are soon to follow!
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