Cataract surgery on the rise in Melbourne
At Northern Eye Centre, we treat a lot of Melbourne patients seeking cataract surgery, and unfortunately new studies show the number of people affected by cataracts is on the rise in Australia.
New data collected reveals a large increase in cataract sufferers over the past six years, with over 743,000 Australians aged 18+ affected by cataracts in the last 12 months. This increase reveals the addition of 139,000 more sufferers than in 2010-2011.
Government studies have found that cataract surgery is among the most popular elective surgeries across the nation, with approximately 240,000 hospitalisations in 2015-16.
Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to protecting your eyesight. Here are four simple things you can do to protect your eyesight over time.
Avoid alcohol and cigarettes
Alcohol and cigarette have damaging effects on your health, including increasing your chances of developing cataracts. Enjoy these in moderation, or better yet abstain from them all together to improve your health.
Eat healthy and check for diabetes
A diet rich in vegetables, particularly yellow and dark-green leafy vegetables containing lutein and zeaxanthin antioxidants, has been shown to reduce the risk of developing cataracts by 18%. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, sardines, and flaxseeds, have also been shown to help protect your eyes from cataracts. Vitamin supplements can ensure you’re getting these nutrients in your diet.
People with diabetes can also be at greater risk of developing cataracts. If you have diabetes, it’s important you monitor your health and blood sugar levels.
Protect your eyes from UV rays
The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that one in five cases of cataracts may be caused by overexposure to UV radiation. Ensure you’re wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection when you are outdoors.
Visit your eye doctor
Regular eye inspection can detect cataracts and other forms of degeneration, which may make the difference to saving your sight. If you have a family history of eye conditions, such as glaucoma, or suffer from diabetes, it is very important to have regular checkups with your specialist.
Northern Eye Centre are based in Heidelberg, Melbourne, and are ready to help you if you’re worried about your eyesight. Call us today or visit our website to arrange an appointment.