If you live long enough, you will develop a cataract. Therefore, the only remaining question is: How do you delay the onset of cataracts as long as possible? At the top of the cataract prevention list is limiting exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays by wearing sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats outdoors. Along with exposure to bright sunlight, smoking and diabetes are also linked to increased risk of cataracts. What is not so clear cut is whether adhering to a vegetarian diet also helps stave off clouded lenses. While one recent study suggests a 30%-40% lower cataract risk among vegetarians compared with avid meat-eaters, it may instead be that antioxidants in plants exert a protective effect while meat-eating poses a causative effect. The message has gotten through to everyone that exposure to UV rays can cause skin cancer. Just as you protect your skin from the sun, be sure to also protect your eyes. Cumulative exposure to the sun can cause vision problems, including cataracts. We carry sunglasses with 100% UV-ray protection, as well as athletic and occupational eyewear. If oxidative damage is responsible for cataracts, antioxidants help stave off clouding of the eye lens by neutralizing free-radical molecules that cause cell damage.