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A 33-year-old member asked:

why did i get cataracts?

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Dr. Colin McCannel
Retinal Surgery 30 years experience
Unusual : At your age, cataracts are very unusual, and caused by something, such as steroid use, chronic eye infection, genetic disease, etc. You should have a full evaluation to sort out the cause!
Dr. Michael Endl
LASIK Surgery 25 years experience
Can be any age: Although we tend to think of the word 'cataract' as synonymous with old age, they can happen at anytime. Some children are born with cloudy natural lenses in the eye (cataract). Other factors like trauma (eg car accident) or steroids (eg. Inhalers) can lead to clouding of the lens at a young age. The good news is they are treatable and do not grow back. The surgery is very common and very safe.
Dr. George Yang
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Misdiagnosis?: Cataracts can occur for a variety of reasons and at any age. It is just more commonly seen in patients over 60. Whenever you have a diagnosis that is a little unusual, it is not unreasonable to get a second opinion from another eye md. It is comforting if both give the same diagnosis, but if there are discrepancies, it'll give you the opportunity to look into this further before surgery.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Causes of Cataracts: Cataracts are most often due to or made worse by (most common first): aging, genetics predisposition, excessive sun exposure, smoking, diabetes, steroid medication, previous trauma, inflammation, infection in the eye causing inflammation; previous intraocular eye surgery; other genetic conditions; can be congenital as well. You may have some of these risk factors. Your eyemd should be able to help.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Are contact lens wearers more susceptible to getting cataracts?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
No: Recommend good contact lens wear hygiene and proper usage.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Am I going to get cataracts from diabetes?

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Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Even w/o diabetes: Everyone develops age related changes to the intraocular lens. This is called cataracts. You should have surgery only if your vision cannot be improved to your satisfaction with glasses. In addition, patients with diabetes tend to progress to age related changes faster than healthy adults, thus, worse cataracts sooner. Most people get surgery for cataracts in their 70's, diabetes patients, sooner.
Dr. Theodore Wu
Dr. Theodore Wu commented
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
The average age for cataract surgery in the USA is around 75 years old. For diabetics, cataracts sometimes mature 5-10 years earlier, and sometimes poorly controlled diabetics will have surgery in their 50s
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A 46-year-old member asked:

How can you get rid of cataracts?

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Dr. Richard Lehrer
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Surgery: Many different types of eyedrops and vitamins have been tried in many studies to reduce cataract. To my knowledge, they have not shown to reduce cataracts. At this time, surgery is the only method to eliminate cataracts.
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A 58-year-old female asked:

Do people with glaucoma usually get cataracts?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Commonly: While glaucoma and cataracts are separate issues, they both occur in the same age groups which leads to concurrent occurrence of both conditions. There are some glaucoma surgeries that predispose to cataracts which your glaucoma surgeon will advise you about.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How could a 17 year old get cataracts?

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Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Cataracts: There are many reasons a 17 year old can get cataracts. Typically, if cataracts are seen in a 17 year old, they are small bodies in the lens which don't affect vision. However, some young patients can have congential cataracts affecting vision as well. Lastly, trauma and the usage of certain medications can lead to cataracts. A detailed eye exam will help diagnose a young patient's cataract.

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