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how long do cataracts last?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
Forever: A cataract is clouding of the lens of the eye. Once this occurs the only treatment is surgical removal of the affected lens. The decrease in the vision that a cataract causes happens over months to years typically. Someone can go for years before needing to have the cataract removed.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Until treated: Most cataract occur later in life and gradually progress if untreated. Some congenital and traumatic cataracts of earlier life are static and may last a lifetime without change. Given the success of modern cataract surgical removal, you should have your ophthalmologist evaluate your cataract for treatment potential. Not something an optometrist can do.
Dr. William Trattler
LASIK Surgery 29 years experience
Cataracts: Cataracts are life-long. They do not go away - except with surgery.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Till removed: Not all cataracts require surgery. If best vision is worse than 20/40 or glare is significantly affecting VA, most surgeons prefer to do surgery sooner but depends on pt's sx, risk factors, preferences; also, though no guarantees with any surgery, many patients are less dependent on or free of glasses after surgery; clear lens removal also possible in some pts; 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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

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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