What are Cataracts?

Hello, Zenni community! I’m Dr. Sophia Moh, your Zenni optometrist, and today we’re shedding light on a topic that becomes increasingly relevant with age: cataracts.

What are Cataracts?

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Cataracts are an inevitable occurrence as we age, affecting more than half of Americans aged 80 or older. They manifest as cloudy areas in the eye’s lens, leading to blurred, hazy, or less colorful vision over time. While most cataracts are related to age, other factors such as eye injuries or surgeries can contribute to their development. Regardless of the type, cataracts require surgery for treatment.

Symptoms of Cataracts

Initially, cataracts may be asymptomatic, but as they progress, changes in vision become apparent. Symptoms include cloudy or blurry vision, faded colors, difficulty seeing at night, sensitivity to light, halos around lights, and frequent changes in prescription.

Slowing Down Cataracts

Ensuring the health of your eyes involves a few simple yet impactful steps. Shielding your eyes from the sun, especially with the use of protective eyewear during activities that might pose injury risks, is a key measure. Quitting smoking, which is a known risk factor for cataracts, can significantly contribute to overall eye health. Additionally, adopting a diet rich in eye-healthy foods provides essential nutrients that support your eyes. To make these practices even more accessible, Zenni Optical proudly presents a diverse selection of affordable sunglasses, all equipped with 100% UV protection. Wearing sunglasses is a crucial step in slowing down the progression of cataracts, ensuring your eyes receive the protection they deserve.

Addressing cataracts is crucial for maintaining clear vision as we age. Taking preventive steps, such as protecting your eyes from the sun, quitting smoking, and adopting a diet rich in eye-healthy foods, plays a significant role in overall eye health. Zenni Optical supports this journey by offering affordable sunglasses with 100% UV protection, a key measure in slowing down cataract progression. If you’re experiencing symptoms, regular dilated eye exams are essential for early detection and effective intervention to safeguard your vision.

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Reference: National Eye Institute

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About the Author: Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, ABOC

Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, is an optometrist based in the Bay Area, California. She holds a doctorate from UC Berkeley School of Optometry and has worked in various eye care settings, including primary care optometry, general ophthalmology, community health clinics, and Veterans Affairs. Dr. Moh is dedicated to improving global vision health by making high-quality, affordable eyewear accessible to all. She is also a certified American Board Optician (ABO) and actively contributes to optical education through training and lectures.