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How do cataracts develop?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Aging: Cataracts are a natural process of the lens fibers/proteins continuing to be produced but not removed, eventually leading to disorganization and thus disruption of light rays. This process can be accelerated by factors such as uv light and trauma or steroids. Everyone eventually gets cataracts -- it just depends on whether they are visually significant to the patient based on their visual needs.
Dr. Federico Mattioli
LASIK Surgery 25 years experience
Protein changes: Most common develops from natural protein changes in the lens of the eye, typically from aging and presumably long term uv exposure. It causes the lens to turn cloudy. Other causes are diabetes, steroids, and eye trauma.
Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Opacity of lens: The clear lens in the eye become opacified due to many reasons, trauma, medications, sun damage ....

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A 49-year-old member asked:

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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is a cataract?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Cloudy lens: If your eye is like a camera, it's a dirty camera lens that can be cleaned by surgical removal and replacement.

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