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5 Tips for Managing Your Cataracts

April 26th, 2017

Regular exercise can help deter the speed of cataract formation.

A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, making it difficult to see. Cataracts can lead to many problems in your life, making it difficult to perform day-to-day activities.

Living with cataracts affects every area of your daily life. It impacts your ability to see clearly, drive a car, and read a book. However, even though your vision is decreased you can still do your best to manage the symptoms of your cataracts and live a full life. Here are five tips for how you can successfully manage your cataracts symptoms:

  1.     Improve the lighting in your home

Improving the lighting in your home can improve your ability to see and will help reduce eye strain from squinting.

  1.     Wear sunglasses and a hat when spending time outside

UV rays are not only harmful to your skin they are harmful to your eyes as well. If you are going to be spending time outdoors try to always wear a hat and UV-protectant sunglasses.

  1.     Minimize nighttime driving

Many cataracts patients find driving at night to be a challenge because halos form around the light from streetlamps and oncoming cars. To protect yourself, try to avoid driving at night whenever possible.

  1.     Make sure your prescription eyewear is up to date

Always keep your prescription eyewear up to date so you will have the most accurate prescription.

  1.     Have regular comprehensive eye exams

The best way to manage your cataracts is to work with your doctor to monitor your symptoms. Your doctor will be able to catch any problems that you are having at their earliest stages. It is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and closely monitor any other health problems you have.

At some point, if these tips stop working for you and you are no longer able to manage the symptoms of your cataracts, it may be time to consider cataracts surgery. Cataracts surgery has helped many people improve the quality of their life and preserve their eyesight. Schedule an appointment with one of our doctors to see if you might be a good fit for cataracts surgery.

Schedule an appointment with one of our cataract doctors at Vision Care of Maine to see if you might be a good fit for cataracts surgery. Contact our Bangor, Presque Isle, or Dover-Foxcroft locations for your cataract consultation today!

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