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who is at risk for cataracts?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Age..: Aging is the primary risk factor for cataracts, but other factors are also involved: gender women >men, +family history, race african america twice caucasian, diabetes, obesity, steroid treatment, smoking, alcohol use, exposure to sunlight and other environmental factors like lead or x-ray exposure.
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Many causes : Risk factors include Prednisone use, diabetes, tobacco use, as well as many genetic diseases
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 15 years experience
Old age: Cataracts have many risk factors, but age is the biggest. If you are lucky to live long enough, you will likely develop some level of cataracts.
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Controllable factors: The risk factors that you can control are ultraviolet light exposure (wear sunglasses and hats) and smoking (another good reason to quit!).
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Every one!: Cataract is clouding of the natural lens in the eye. Clouding is a natural process with aging, so everyone is as risk. Risk factors also include Prednisone use, diabetes, tobacco use, as well as many genetic diseases . The opacification in most individuals can usually be seen by age 60, and common age for having surgery is 68-70. Does not need treatment unless affecting activities of living.
Dr. Eric Rothchild
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Causes of Cataracts: In addition to what has already been mentioned , age and previous eye surgery can promote progression of a cataract.

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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:

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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A 32-year-old male asked:

What are some of the risk factors for getting Cataract?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The risk factors for getting Cataract include:: Diabetes, Eye trauma, Smoking, Sun exposure.

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