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Is cataract surgery the only solution for cataracts?

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Cataract continues to be a medical concern, especially for the ageing population. It can be quite an debilitating condition that can limit the extent to which sufferers can engage in everyday activities such as reading, driving and outdoor activities.

It is well known that cataract surgery can provide you with impeccable vision, and Mark Wevill, our refractive cataract surgeon, has carried out many thousands of cataract surgeries over the last 25 years. We believe that prevention is part and parcel of good eye care and believe that there are some things you could consider that could help reduce the risks of developing cataract or minimise its impact on your lifestyle if the condition were to occur. Read on to find out more:

Cataract surgery helps and so can regular visits to your optician

Rather than wait until an emergency strikes before visiting your optician, it is wise to get into the habit of visiting your optician on a regular basis. Regular eye checks can help because your optician would usually look out for signs of any eye disorders and it is a great way to alleviate any anxieties you may have about your vision.

An eye check could also mean that your optician discovers the early onset of cataract and can offer timely advice or treatment to help prevent the condition from progressing.

Protecting your eyes from UV rays could delay cataract surgery

You only need to see or experience sunburn on the skin to realise the damaging effects ultraviolet (UV) rays can have. UV rays can be similarly damaging to the eyes and are one of the factors that cause cataract . Ultraviolet (UV) light damages proteins in the lens of the eye causing cataracts and wearing sunglasses, especially when you are younger has a protective effect. And the reflective glare off surfaces like swimming pools and the beach increases the UV exposure and risk of cataract formation.

Keep an eye on your blood sugar levels

Sugar intake and dietary choices feature prominently in the causes of diabetes, and diabetes causes cataracts. And cataract surgery carries more risks in people with diabetes.

Don't smoke or give it up

Smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts by three fold and stopping smoking reduces this risk. Smokers are also more likely to have a poor diet and drink more alcohol, which are also risk factors for cataract. Tobacco smoke contains toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and copper, which accumulate in the lens and damage it.


Obesity is risk factor for cataracts. These health-related factors − diabetes, obesity & smoking may occur together. Therefore, wearing sunglasses, a moderate calorie intake and a healthy lifestyle are the best way to reduce the risk of developing cataracts.

We provide specialist cataract surgery in Birmingham, so contact us today for more information. Our friendly team are on hand to support you in your journey to improved eye health.

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