Does Your Eye Colour Influence Cataracts?
Does your eye colour influence cataracts?
Everyone is at Risk of Cataracts. However, did you know that you could be more at risk simply because of the colour of your eyes?
People with dark brown eyes have the greatest possibility of developing cataracts. An Australian study found that the risks can be up to 2.5 times more likely for certain types of cataracts. Read More …..
Researchers suspect the reason is similar to wearing a black shirt in the middle of summer. The dark colour absorbs more light and heats up the lens of the eye, which over a period causes it to become cloudy and affect vision.
No matter what colour your eyes – there are ways to help offset the risk of cataracts in the future.
Prevention of Cataracts
Sun UV exposure and smoking are two major risk factors for cataracts. By wearing UV protection on your glasses and sunglasses and a hat with a visor, plus quitting smoking, you can lessen the likelihood of developing cataracts. Recently the antiglare coatings that we use on our clear prescription and sunglasses have been endorsed by the Cancer council. Much of the damage to eyes when wearing sunglasses comes from the sunlight behind reflecting back into the eye. It is very important to wear glasses that have protective coatings applied to both surfaces.
There is also some evidence to show that including more antioxidants in your diet could help reduce the risk of cataracts.
Hopefully you can delay your cataracts as long as possible by taking care of your eyes, no matter what colour your eyes.