How can one prevent too much protein from building up in the eye?

October 23, 2006 at 5:10 pm Leave a comment

Protein build up in the eye can occur in two very different ways. 

First, and most often, protein buildup in the eye occurs with specific types of contact lenses,  rigid gas permeable lenses and soft extended wear contacts.  Basically, your tears contain certain proteins.  These proteins can be deposited on your lenses.  If you wear your lenses too long, build up will occur.  To prevent this, use special cleaning solutions to dissolve the proteins and remember to replace you lenses as recommended by your doctor. 

Second, naturally occuring proteins in your eye can become disorganized not only with damaging exposures to radiation and UV light, but also with increasing age .  The lens is made mostly of water and proteins which are arranged in a specific way that keeps the lens clear and lets light pass through it. In time, some of the protein may clump together.  This casues a small area of the lens to cloud.  Doctors call that clump a cataract!  Over time, it may grow larger and make it very hard to see!  There are no known preventions for cataracts.  However, good eye health starts with a healthy diet and wearing your sunglasses while outside! 


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