Cataracts are one of the most common forms of blindness in people over the age of 40, and although through operations it can now be fixed it is still an uncomfortable ailment to have and the symptoms can be very unnerving. The symptoms can be quite scary as an onset of blurriness and glaring lights can cause confusion. Unfortunately, these symptoms only worsen over time and can cause a wide range of accidents, including bad trips and falls. It is important that you consult a medical professional before your symptoms worsen too much as this can be hazardous and cause a very serious injury to yourself or those around you.
Here are some of the most common causes of cataract:
- Ultraviolet Radiation
Excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (such as sunlight) can cause cataracts. If you know you are going to be spending long periods of time in sunlight, for example if you are living in a place where you are exposed to it a lot, then it is important to wear sunglasses or other protective eye gear.
- Health strains
We are all aware of the dangers to our heart and other vital organs when we smoke, drink excessive amounts of alcohol or are suffering from obesity. However, these are also some of the most common causes of cataracts, along with diabetes.Some of the consequences of the above are the side effects they can bring, and it is vital that as soon as you notice any symptoms that you consult a doctor.
- Family History
Unfortunately, cataracts can be inherited and it is very likely that if you have relatives that have suffered from this disease that you could also develop it when you get into your 40s.
Having cataracts can not only make you a hazard to yourself, but also to those around you. If you are suffering from any symptoms mentioned in this article not only should you be getting medical attention, but remember that with limited eye sight driving can be extremely dangerous and road traffic accidents can be a lot more common.
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Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: Accident Advice