Taking an active role in protecting your eyes is the best way to prevent cataracts from forming. Follow these guidelines:
- Buy sunglasses that shield your eyes from the ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays in sunlight.
- Women who intend to become pregnant can protect their babies by getting vaccinated for German measles if they haven’t had the disease already.
- Wear safety glasses to prevent eye injury when playing sports, or when using power tools or caustic chemicals, such as paint remover.
- Eat more green and yellow vegetables, which contain substances (antioxidants) that researchers believe help prevent cataracts.