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at what age does cataract develop?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
peaks about 75: Cataracts can appear at any age, even at birth. The most common are age related with onset early in the 40s and 50s and rapid increase through the 60s and 70s peaking at about 75. But some don't get them until later at age. They will occur earlier in smokers, those with significant sunlight exposure and in certain illnesses, use of drugs and hereditary underpinnings.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Normal: It is normal for the natural lens to start turning cloudy in your late 50's to early 60's. Unless you are having symptoms, nothing needs to be done. If you are having symptoms, you should see and ophthalmologist. 60 is earlier than the average, but many have had surgery at or before age 60 for cataracts.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Can occur at any age: Cataract occur from change in lens proteins which cause whitening/clouding of clear lens composition: can be due to an infection or inflammation from birth (ie, rubella), old age/genetics, steroid use, trauma, poor diet; smoking & Diabetes increases risk. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How do I avoid getting cataracts?

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Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice 33 years experience
Wear sunglasses.: Ultraviolet light from the sun can cause damage to the lens inside of the eye. Wearing sunglasses with uv protection can reduce your risk of developing cataracts later in life.
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
also keep your blood sugar under control as cataracts are very common in diabetics and chronic use of Nasal steroids for allergies can cause problems as well; so you may want to look for alternate treatments.
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A 22-year-old member asked:

If I suspect I have cataracts when should I call the doctor?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Eye exam: Typically cataracts are not an emergency. You should have them checked out when you think your vision has diminished.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can cataracts be treated?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Surgery: The only effective treatment for cataracts is surgery. Cataract surgery involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a plastic lens implant. The replacement lens sits in the same place as your natural lens and becomes part of your eye.
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What are the main causes and risk factors of cataract?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Aging: Most cataracts develop slowly as a result of aging. They may occur more rapidly in people with a history of an eye injury, uveitis or diabetes. Some are associated with genetic diseases. Cataracts can also occur as a side effect of radiation therapy or steroid drugs.
A 34-year-old member asked:

At what age do you get cataracts usually?

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Dr. Benjamin Rubin
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Varies : If you have certain diseases, or take Prednisone it can be even in 30s or earlier. Most patients are 60 or older, but many patients i see from africa are younger. There is also a condition, hypo Alpha protein where the patient is 40-50, and is very subtle and difficult to diagnose, but the patient is symptomatic. I have seen 15 such patients who were initially told there was nothing wron.

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