Lifestyle Changes to Manage Cataracts
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Surgery is the only way to cure a cataract. But there are some things you can do that may help you cope with the problems from them. These things may also slow cataracts from happening.
Ways to Manage Cataracts
Wear the glasses or contact lenses chosen by your doctor. Or, you can try reading with a magnifying glass. Also, wearing ultraviolet (UV)A- and UVB-blocking sunglasses can help shield you from glare and sunlight.
Limit your driving at night. It can be harder to see at night.
Wearing a hat can shield your eyes from sunlight, glare, and fluorescent light.
Staying out of fluorescent light can help cut down on glare. Glare can make it harder for you to see. Use brighter bulbs and special lamps at home.
Some supplements might help slow cataracts. A daily multivitamin is good for your health as well. Talk to your doctor about which supplements are right for you.
When to Contact Your Healthcare Provider
You should call your eye doctor and talk about having surgery when your eyesight problems get to the point where:
Removing a cataract is rarely an emergency. It should not be done until you feel ready.
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Last reviewed December 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review BoardJames P. Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 2/13/2019
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