Cataracts are like a cloudy day, only the clouds are in your eyes. More than half of all Americans will develop a cataract or have cataract surgery by the time they turn 80. But according to a new study published in the journal Ophthalmology, a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables can help prevent the disease regardless of genetic predisposition.
The condition develops in the lens, which is the clear part of the eye that helps light travel into the back of the eye and create an image. Cataracts cloud the lens in the eye and affect vision, making it more difficult to see with age. According to the National Eye Institute, treating cataracts before it worsens is key to preventing it from spreading one eye to another.
For the study, a team of researchers from King’s College in London recruited approximately 1,000 pairs of female twins from the UK Twins registry. Each participant was about 60 years old when they filled out a detailed food questionnaire that measured their day-to-day nutrient intake.
Researchers used digital imaging to scan every participant’s eyes in order to measure their progression of cataracts. Those who regularly ate vitamin C and roughly two servings of fruit ...