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Cataracts Causes and Risk Factors

Cataracts Causes and Risk Factors
Causes and Risk Factors

What causes cataracts?
Cataracts have a variety of potential causes. Doctors are still researching the how medications affect the eyes (i.e., steroids, diuretics, and/or major tranquilizers). Possible causes of cataracts include:

  • Diabetes
  • Diuretics
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight
  • Steroid use
  • Smoking
  • Tranquilizers

Risk factors
A number of different factors can combine and make it more likely that a person will develop cataracts. Because age is the greatest risk factor, everyone is at risk of developing cataracts. By age 65, about half of all Americans experience some clouding of the lens, although their vision may not be impaired. Other factors that increase the risk of cataracts include:

  • Age
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight
  • Exposure to ionizing radiation
  • Eye injury or inflammation
  • Eye surgery
  • Family history of cataracts
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroids
  • Smoking

Cataracts are typically slow to progress meaning that they can be recognized early. In fact, people with cataracts can experience very clear signs in which the symptoms of cataracts can be easily identified. How can you tell if you have cataracts? Read here to learn more about the cataract symptoms section that follows.

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