You cannot stop cataracts that are from age. People over 60 should have an eye exam once every 1 to 2 years. You should have one more often if you have:

Note: Talk to your doctor about how often you should get your eyes tested.

These steps may lower your risk:

  • Treat any health problems that you have.
  • Do not stay in the sun for too long. Wear a hat and UVA/UVB-blocking sunglasses.
  • If you smoke, talk to your doctor about how to quit.
  • Limit alcohol.
  • Wear safety glasses when you play sports.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review BoardJames P. Cornell, MD
  • Review Date: 12/2018 -
  • Update Date: 02/13/2019 -