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Can stress cause cataracts?

Can stress cause cataracts?

A new analysis of existing research suggests that emotional or psychological stress can be a consequence and a cause of vision loss. In the case of cataracts, the exact origin is not known. But, doctors believe that oxidative stress may play a part in the damages to enzymes and proteins in the lens.

Oxidative stress is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body, which can lead to cell and tissue damage. Although oxidative stress occurs naturally and plays a role in the aging process, it has also been linked to emotional or psychological stress as well. Because emotional or psychological stress is associated with increased oxidant production and oxidative damage, long-term exposure to emotional or psychological stressors may enhance the risk of many diseases associated with oxidative stress, including cataracts.

In fact, some of the risk factors associated with cataracts are also associated with oxidative stress: exposure to radiation, smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products, alcohol consumption, certain prescription medications, pollution, exposure to pesticides or industrial chemicals, obesity, diets high in fat, sugar and processed foods.

Can you prevent Cataracts?

There are several ways you can keep your eyes healthy, which may slow down cataract formation. Wearing UV protective sunglasses when in sunlight or in the car can protect your eyes from sun damage. Adjust your diet to include antioxidant rich foods, especially spinach and other leafy green vegetables. Take antioxidant supplements for the eye lens such as vitamins C, E, and A, lutein, meso-zeaxanthin, zeaxanthin, astaxanthin, saffron and glutathione.

Click here to learn more about some of the common causes for cataracts.

Do cataracts grow back?

Do cataracts grow back?

It is impossible for cataracts to “grow back”. Cataracts grow inside of the lens of the eye. During the cataract surgery, the lens is completely removed. However, people who have had cataract surgery may develop a secondary cataract.

The medical term for this common complication is known as posterior capsule opacification (PCO). It happens when the back of the lens that now supports the lens implant becomes cloudy and impairs your vision. Posterior capsular opacification is a long-term complication of cataract surgery that causes decreased vision, glare, and other symptoms similar to that of the original cataract.

cloudy cataract in right eye

A painless, five-minute outpatient procedure called yttrium-aluminum-garnet (YAG) laser capsulotomy rectifies the problem. In YAG laser capsulotomy, the doctor uses a laser beam to make a small opening in the clouded capsule to provide a clear path through which the light can pass.

Complications are rare but can include increased eye pressure and retinal detachment. Click the link for more detailed information or get in touch with us today to get your questions answered.

Contact us at (843) 553–2477 to learn about cataract surgery options and speak with a specialist that can walk you through the entire process.