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Posted on 06-29-2018

Understanding UV Exposure and Cataracts in San Antonio

When you are exposed to UV radiation, such as UV rays coming from the sun, the lenses in your eyes will absorb these rays. Unfortunately, there are many chemicals known as free radicals that develop inside your lenses when exposed to UV rays. As these free radicals build up on your lenses, this can cause much damage as well as lead to the development of cataracts. 

An eye with cataracts

What Are Cataracts?

An optometrist can give you a very thorough explanation of cataracts. Basically, though, when you develop cataracts, this means the lens in your eye has become cloudy; this causes the lens to no longer be able to properly process light. People who have cataracts often describe the disorder as causing their vision to be as if they are looking through a foggy car windshield. Most times, they are unable to process colors fully and things look dull and bland. 

Tips for Preventing Cataracts

There are many tips you can follow to help prevent cataracts. First and foremost, you will want to quit using tobacco products as well as cut down on any alcohol consumption. Studies have also shown that you should always wear sunglasses when out during the daytime, even if the sun isn't shining brightly. Lastly, you will want to keep your diabetes under control as well as avoid taking corticosteroid medication for an extended period of time. 

Value of Eye Exams for Detecting Cataracts

To detect cataracts, you will need to visit a doctor that specializes in optometry. Through a regular eye exam, cataracts can be detected. Dr. Palomino in San Antonio can perform tests to detect cataracts as well as inform you of your treatment options. 

Contact Your Local San Antonio Optometry Today

If you would like to learn more about detecting and preventing cataracts, please contact The Vision Place today at (210)764-1113. 

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