cataract occurs when the lens inside your eye becomes
cloudy. Things linked to clouding include:
- Aging (age-related cataracts).
- Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, such as from sunlight, tanning booths,
- Diabetes. Diabetes, especially when the
blood sugar levels are above the safe range, causes changes in the eye that can
result in cataracts.
- Disease inside the eye, such as
retinitis pigmentosa, retinal detachment, or long-term uveitis.
- Long-term use of
radiation treatments to the head.
- Family history (genetics). A person may inherit the tendency to develop
- Vitrectomy. People older than age 50 who have had the
vitreous gel removed from their eye (vitrectomy) have an increased risk of
- Eye injury. Even though
injury-related cataracts are rare, injury is a leading
cause of cataracts in children.
- Being born with cataracts
(congenital). Some children are born with the condition.
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Carol L. Karp, MD - Ophthalmology
August 24, 2011
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