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
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