Healthy Eyesight - July 25th, 2022 Episode

Updated: Oct 17



Risk factors for cataracts

Most people who develop cataracts are 40 or older. A variety of factors, including being African American or Latino American, may increase your chances of developing cataracts at an earlier age. Other cataract risk factors include:

  • Use of certain medications (such as corticosteroids and statins for cholesterol)

  • Diabetes

  • Eye injury, surgery or radiation treatments in the past

  • Having close relatives with cataracts

  • Heavy alcohol consumption

  • High blood pressure

  • History of eye inflammation

  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

  • Obesity

  • Severe nearsightedness (high myopia)

  • Smoking

  • Spending a lot of time outside in the sun without sunglasses

Diabetes retinopathy


Near-sight/far-sight/old sight





Family history




the leading cause of irreversible blindness among Americans of African descent is primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG)


severe diabetes associated retinopathy

X. Gao, W. J. Gauderman, P. Marjoram, M. Torres, Y.-D. I. Chen, K. D. Taylor, J. I. Rotter, R. Varma. Native American ancestry is associated with severe diabetic retinopathy in Latinos. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 2014; DOI: 10.1167/iovs.14-15044

LATINO- glaucoma if African descent and diabetes retinopathy if indigenous ancestry


Higher prevalence of less common PACG

Also NPG


Pseudoexfoliation glaucoma


Study Reveals Eye Care Disparities for Native American Patients

Their analysis revealed that Native American patients had “significantly different” claim rates in 16 of 17 ophthalmic condition categories and 6 of 9 service categories compared with non-Hispanic White patients. More specifically, there were higher ophthalmic condition claim rates but lower service claim rates for Native American patients for:

  • Refractive errors (ophthalmic condition, 17.2 vs 11.1; service, 48.3 vs 49.6, respectively; P <.001)

  • Blindness and low vision (ophthalmic condition, 1.48 vs 0.75; service, 19.2 vs 20.1, respectively; P <.001)

  • Injury, burns, and surgical complications (ophthalmic condition, 1.8 vs 1.7; service, 19.2 vs 20.1, respectively; P <.001)

  • Orbital and external disease (ophthalmic condition, 15.7 vs 13.3; service, 48.3 vs 49.6, respectively; P < .001)

In addition, Native American patients had higher ophthalmic condition claim rates for diabetic eye diseases compared with non-Hispanic White individuals (5.22 vs 2.20), but no difference in service claim rates (14.4 vs 14.8; P =.26), according to researchers.

Conclusions and Relevance In this cross-sectional study, North American Native individuals had higher prevalence of ophthalmic conditions but no corresponding increase in services (treatment for most ophthalmic conditions) compared with non-Hispanic White individuals. These results suggest worse eye health and higher unmet eyecare needs for North American Native individuals with MFFS coverage compared with non-Hispanic White individuals with MFFS coverage.

How to reduce your risk of cataracts

There is no way to stop cataracts from developing. But here are steps you can take that may postpone or slow the development of cataracts:

  • Eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise

  • Get regular eye exams

  • If you're a smoker, make a plan to kick the habit

  • Wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection

  • Use floppy hats as well to protect your face from the sun

  • Visit your doctor regularly and keep other conditions under control (diabetes, hypertension)


9 great nutrients

Vitamin A. Vitamin A plays a crucial role in vision by maintaining a clear cornea, which is the outside covering of your eye. … XEROPHTHALMIA

Vitamin E. … AMD

Zinc AMD

Vitamin C. …cataracts cornea AMD

Vitamins B6, B9 and B12. …

Riboflavin. (B2) … cataracts

Niacin. …glaucoma

Lutein and Zeaxanthin. …night vision AMD (>=6 mg)

Omega-3 Fatty Acids. diabetes asso retinopathy ; xerophthalmia

Thiamine cataracts


Mediterranean diet


Nuts and legumes. Vit E Nuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. ...

Seeds. …E and O3

Citrus fruits. …Vit C and flavonoids

Leafy green vegetables. …lutein zeaxanthin C (100 g kale has 18 mg lutein/zeaxanthin)

Carrots. …Vit A & beta carotene

Sweet potatoes. …Beta carotene and E

Beef. B12 ZINC (chix and pork too)

Eggs Lutein zeaxanthin E