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Eye health: The warning signs of a growing cataract – 'can lead to vision loss'

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The National Eye Institute explained that as age-related cataracts grow, symptoms of the condition begins to emerge. One such sign of a cataract is your vision becoming “cloudy or blurry”. Colours may seem faded, night vision might decrease, and you might notice a halo around light sources. In fact, any lamps, headlights, or even natural sunlight might seem “too bright”.

“Over time, cataracts can lead to vision loss,” the National Eye Institute cautioned.

If you suspect you might have a cataract, you are strongly advised to book an eye appointment with an optometrist.

As well as older age, other risk factors for developing cataracts include:

  • Having diabetes
  • Smokers
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Have spent a lot of time in the sun
  • Those who take steroids
  • And having an eye injury.

What causes cataracts?

From the age of 40, proteins in the lens of your eye begin to break down and clump together.

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“Over time, cataracts can lead to vision loss,” the National Eye Institute cautioned.

If you suspect you might have a cataract, you are strongly advised to book an eye appointment with an optometrist.

As well as older age, other risk factors for developing cataracts include:

Having diabetes

Smokers

Drinking too much alcohol

Have spent a lot of time in the sun

Those who take steroids

And having an eye injury.

What causes cataracts?

From the age of 40, proteins in the lens of your eye begin to break down and clump together.

This lump of protein causes a “cloudy area on your lens”, also known as a cataract.

“Over time, the cataract gets more severe and clouds more of the lens,” the National Eye Institute stated.

You can, thankfully, delay the formation of vision impairing cataracts.

To do so, it is helpful to “wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block the sun”.

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In more severe cases, when the cataract interferes with reading, driving, or watching TV, surgery might be recommended.

The NHS explained: “Cataract surgery involves replacing the cloudy lens inside your eye with an artificial one.”

The procedure has a “high success rate” in improving your eyesight, but it can take up to six weeks to fully recover from the operation.

“You can choose to put off having surgery for a while and have regular check-ups to monitor the situation,” the NHS added.

“There are no medicines or eye drops that have been proven to improve cataracts or stop them getting worse.”



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Ruud van Nistelrooy makes next job decision as Man Utd plan coaching appointment

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That decision failed to pay off, however, with the Red Devils sacking Moyes after just 10 months in charge.

After the current West Ham boss came Van Gaal, who arrived with big things expected due to his past success at the likes of Barcelona and Ajax.

Giggs was hoping to get the Red Devils job himself, which was why he stayed, but both ended up leaving nearly six years ago.

When Jose Mourinho took over, he opted to maintain his close relationship with Rui Faria – who had previously worked under him at clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Fair departed in the summer of 2018, though, with Michael Carrick then given a place on Mourinho’s bench.

Carrick stayed to work under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian also regularly picking up the thoughts of Phelan and Kieran McKenna throughout his spell in the dugout.

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High cholesterol: Blood pressure drug linked to significant reduction in good cholesterol

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“Though they’re commonly used to treat different forms of heart disease, beta-blockers can significantly reduce HDL levels.”

Among the beta-blockers that cause this are Corgard (nadolol), Inderal (propranolol), Tenormin (atenolol), Zebeta (bisoprolol).

These drugs are widely used in the treatment of angina, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack and high blood pressure.

But despite concerns about their effect on cholesterol, scientists stress that the benefits of beta-blockers far outweigh the risks.

VeryWell Health adds: “If your beta-blocker affects your cholesterol significantly, your doctor may lower your dose or switch you to a different medication.”



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Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez not on same page over Saudi Arabia GP after missile attack

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However, after a four-hour meeting between race officials and the teams, it was confirmed the race would go ahead despite the attack. It had been reported that a number of the competing drivers were concerned for their safety following the nearby explosion.

Despite this, an agreement was finally reached to race at 2:30am local time, after team chiefs left the lengthy meeting to confirm: “We will be racing.” A statement from Formula 1 confirmed Sunday’s race would go ahead as planned. It read: “Formula 1 has been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today. The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”

Unsurprisingly, there were a number of mixed views on whether the race should go ahead, and this is clearly apparent in the Red Bull setup. This comes after advisor Helmut Marko revealed that drivers Verstappen and Perez are not on the same page when it comes to racing.

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On the issue, Marko told Sky Germany: “Max is a bit more relaxed about it. Perez is a little bit scared, but when you live in Mexico City there’s not much more security. We have the pandemic, we have the war in Europe and now we have a missile attack 20 kilometres away. This is no longer normal or pleasant.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s race though, the Austrian advisor is firmly on the side of Verstappen and the race officials, supporting the idea of the race taking place. He commented: “I really think it’s the right thing to do. As I said, these drone attacks are common, I think. They have a very good defence system. Why this one didn’t work remains to be seen. It’s not the first drone, after all. But it’s the first one to strike on such a scale.”

The attack took place during Friday’s first practice session, and it was Red Bull’s star man Verstappen who was one of the first to realise something was wrong after reporting on his team radio that he could ‘smell burning’. Initially, the Dutchman thought the smell was coming from either his or one of his rival’s cars, however it then became clear that an explosion had taken place just a few miles from the track.

Giving an insight into Verstappen’s initial worries, Marko said: “Max radioed us, he thought his car had caught fire because there was an intense burning smell. We were informed a drone had been sent from Yemen. The Saudis have a defence system and for some reason the drone was not intercepted.”



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