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Does sunlight cause cataracts?

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Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Yes: Sun exposure contributes to the formation of cataracts. There are many other factors such as smoking, diabetes and most importantly age that contribute as well.
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Risk factor: Sunlight is a risk factor for the development of cataracts
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Risk factor!: Sunlight is a risk factor, but the most common cause is the normal aging process. Sunlight can accelerate the process, and people closer to the equator and with higher uv exposure will need cataract surgery sooner than people not. The earlier time frame is very minimal if we are only talking about sunlight exposure.

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