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At what point in the progression of cataracts does a human eye become cloudy?

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Subjective: Depending on your visual needs, some people find early cataracts a problem (i.e. Painters, engineers), while others don't notice until it drops their visual acuity more.

Answered 10/1/2011

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Varies: Everyone is different. I've done non-congenital cataract surgery in 30 yo's, and 95 yo's. Generally speaking, i think most people between the age of 30 and 40, the lens starts to get cloudy, but its usually not visually significant.

Answered 1/30/2012

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More in elderly: The clouding of lens gradually occurs and is seen more with increasing age usu starting late 50s/ early 60s. Patients with diabetes, trauma to eye, on steroids or with genetic component may develop cataracts earlier in age. There is also a more rare congenital and pediatric cataract.

Answered 10/3/2016

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