Optometrists are spreading the word on cataracts.
 
Cataracts are the whitening or clouding of the crystalline lens in the eye, which causes painless and gradual blurring of vision.
 
“As light enters the eye, it scatters or it’s blocked from basically reaching the back of the retina,” said Dr. Tim Skwarok, an optometrist from FYidoctors in Fort Saskatchewan. “Think of it as looking through a dirty frosted window.”
 
There are many different types and causes of cataracts, with the most common being age. Kids can be born with them, but diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking and other things are common causes.
 
“Cataracts are one of the leading causes of vision loss in people over 40 and actually, cataracts are one of the leading causes of curable blindness in the world.”
 
A healthy lifestyle, with a balanced diet and exercise, sunglasses and not smoking, can prevent cataracts.
 
Regular eye exams are recommended to keep your eyes healthy.

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