Currently, there is no cure for cataracts; however, it may be possible to slow their progression by having regular eye exams, quitting smoking, and eating foods rich in antioxidants. While research scientists continue to search for a cure, it is unlikely one will be found until the cause of the clouding of the lens is better understood.
At this point, there is no cure for cataracts or way of reversing them. In fact, research scientists do not know specifically what causes cataracts (see Cataract Causes). Until they know what causes them, it is unlikely that a cure will be found.
There are, however, some things that you can do to possibly slow the progression of a cataract. These include:
- Getting regular eye exams. If you are over age 60, you should have an eye examination at least once every two years.
- Protecting yourself from the sun. Wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block ultraviolet sunlight.
- Quitting smoking. People who do not smoke are less likely to develop cataracts than people who smoke.
- Making dietary changes. Cataract research scientists believe that good nutrition can help reduce the risk of age-related cataracts. They recommend eating green, leafy vegetables; fruit; and other foods high in antioxidants.