Reducing Your Risk of Cataracts
by Rick Alan
Approximately half of all Americans between the ages of 65 and 75 have cataracts. At this time, there is no way to prevent age-related cataracts, but early diagnosis improves treatment outcomes. So, if you are over age 60, you should have an eye examination at least once every two years. You should have an eye examination once every year if you have any additional risk factors for cataracts, such as:
The following measures may help reduce your risk of cataracts:
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
The Merck Manual of Medical Information, 17th edition. Simon and Schuster, Inc.;2000.
National Eye Institute
Last reviewed October 2003 by Marc Ellman, MD
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