By Nutritionist Avril
Eyes are one of the most vital organs in the body. A healthy set of eyes implies good vision, which is
important in daily living and the quality of experiences. For the vast majority of humans, sight is the
most prized of the five senses. However, as we age, our eyes endure several changes. Most people
note that seeing close things gets harder between the ages of 40 and 50. Furthermore, many eye
disorders become more common with aging, many people develop visual impairment as they grow
older. Visual impairment has a significant influence on a person's life, causing functional and
psychological concerns. Widespread vision impairment will also slow national economic development,
lower productivity, and raise healthcare expenditures.
Despite the fact that Malaysians are growing more health-conscious, many neglect to consider eye
health. According to the Ministry of Health's 2014 National Eye Health Survey, cataracts account for
58 percent of all blindness in Malaysia, followed by diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.
"A cataract is a clouding of the eye's typically clear lens." Seeing through hazy lenses is similar to
seeing through a frosty or fogged-up window for persons who have cataracts. Cataracts can cause
clouded vision, making it difficult to read, drive a car (particularly at night), or see the expression on a
In severe circumstances, untreated cataracts might lead to glaucoma. According to the most recent
National Eye Survey 2018 (NESII) data, untreated cataracts (58.6 percent) are still the primary cause of
blindness in Malaysia. There are no limits to the progression of cataracts. It does not discriminate
based on race, gender, or money. The good news, according to Dr. Salowi, is that 80 percent of these
illnesses are avoidable and/or curable.
Even though cataract surgery is the only effective method of eliminating cataracts, if it is not
performed on time, the patient may lose sight because the cataract prevents light from entering the
eye. All in all, treating preventable causes of blindness, particularly cataract, will assist to improve
quality of life, overall health, reduce poverty, and elevate a community's economic position.
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