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8 Foods You Should Start Eating More Once You Clock 40 To Prevent Cataracts

As the human body ages, certain changes take place in almost every part of the body which often pose certain health challenges to the body. These changes could affect the eye, the bones, the joints, the heart, or any part of the body for that matter. One of such changes that can affect the eye is a condition known as cataract, a condition that occurs when due to ageing, the lenses in the eyes become less flexible, transparent and thinker.

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The tissues within the lens are initially broken down, before getting tightly packed, with clouding occurring in small areas of the lens initially, before becoming denser and spreading to a larger part of the lens. Due to the clouding of the lens, light that is supposed to pass through the lens without hindrances becomes blocked and scattered, thus a sharp image cannot get to the retina and vision become blurry as a result.

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Cataracts often develop slowly but their symptoms can get worse as time goes on, with people over the age of 65 badly affected by the condition. A person with cataracts may have symptoms including dim, clouded, or blurred vision, double vision in a single eye, sensitivity to light, difficulty reading without the presence of a bright source of light, fading and yellowing of colours, and difficulty seeing at night.

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When left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness, and it is equally worth noting that no studies have proven how to prevent cataracts or slow down their progression. However, some of the practices that are known to play helpful roles in preventing them include eating right, quitting smoking, wearing shades, limiting alcohol intake, keeping blood sugar in check, and getting a regular eye examination.

Eating right to prevent cataracts means eating certain foods that are known to protect the eyes and prevent cataracts from developing or slowing down their progression. Such foods are particularly rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties, which help to fight off free radicals that may want to damage eye tissues. It's best for adults especially, to start eating more of such foods in their 40s. A few examples of the foods are highlighted below:

1. Citrus

2. Spinach

3. Potatoes

4. Eggs

5. Nuts

6. Strawberries

7. Broccoli

8. Red and Green Peppers

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Source: Mayoclinic.org.

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