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Who is at risk for cataracts?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 21 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 22 years experience
Many causes : Risk factors include Prednisone use, diabetes, tobacco use, as well as many genetic diseases
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 16 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 32 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 28 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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