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    There is no proven way to prevent cataracts. But certain lifestyle habits may help slow cataract development. These include:

    • Not smoking.
    • Wearing a hat or sunglasses when you are in the sun.
    • Avoiding sunlamps and tanning booths.
    • Eating healthy foods.
    • Avoiding the use of steroid medicines when possible (some people need them).
    • Keeping diabetes under control.

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    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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