August is National Cataract Awareness Month.

Posted on August 17, 2010


Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world and affect about 20.5 million Americans over age 40. Cataracts are the clouding of the lens in your eye. They affect how clearly you can see. Smoking, UV light and an unhealthy diet can increase the risk of having cataracts. To protect your vision, the American Academy of Ophthalmology gives the following tips:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat a lot of leafy greens and carrots to increase the amount of vitamins in your diet
  • When you turn 40, get a baseline eye disease screening. At age 40, changes in vision can start to occur, so it is important to get checked at this time.
  • Know your family history, because you may have an increased risk if cataracts run in your family
  • Protect your eyes from UV light and wear sunglasses

Medicare covers limited eye care. Click here to find out when Medicare covers eye care.