Am I at risk for developing cataracts?

The exact cause for developing cataract is unknown. Cataracts develop in one in four people over the age of 65 and are a common part of the aging process.

There several possible risk factors for cataracts:

  • Exposing the eye to intense heat or long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun   
  • Diabetes  – diabetics often develop cataracts at an earlier age
  • Inflammation in the eye
  • Genetics & complications before birth, such as German measles in the mother, can lead to congenital cataracts
  • Long-term steroid use
  • Eye injuries
  • Eye diseases  
  • Smoking

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