Don’t Miss this Call – How Do I know If I Have Cataracts?
A Crucial Call
Don Denkinger was the first-base umpire for Game 6 of the 1985 World Series between the Kanas City Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals. He missed a crucial call at first base that sparked a ninth-inning comeback for the Royals, who won the championship the next night. It was probably the most significant missed call in baseball history.
Concerned About Eye Sight
As tragic as a missed call may seem in a World Series game our eye sight is far more important than any athletic event. We need to make sure we do not miss opportunities to help our eyesight function at full capacity. There are several eye issues that can cause people concern, but the most common eye issue people deal with in America is cataracts.
Concerned About Cataracts
A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye which leads to a decrease in vision. Over time, yellow-brown pigment is deposited within the lens and this, together with disruption of the normal architecture of the lens fibers, leads to reduced transmission of light, which in turn leads to visual problems. An estimated 200 million people worldwide have cataracts.
It starts with a decrease in visual acuity. Some of the signs are cloudy vision, double or blurry vision, glare and sensitivity to bright lights. Colors appear faded, difficulty reading due to reduced black-white contrast and difficulty driving at night.
Choices for Those with Cataracts
The main options are surgical or a natural alternative. The most common surgery is removal of the lens and implantation of an artificial lens (IOL). There is a growing contingent of physicians, researchers, and nutritional scientists who have a more proactive view of cataract prevention and treatment. This holistic approach to maintain healthy lens function and eye health includes awareness of risk factors (e.g., smoking, alcohol, and sunlight), compliance with a sensible diet (e.g., low-fat, high-fiber), exercising, and nutritional therapy specifically for the eye.
It is important if you use natural eye drops to help with your cataracts that they have N–acetyl carnosine (NAC) in them. That is the key ingredient to help with the cataracts. Whatever your eye health issue is you want to deal with it right away.