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Is it normal to have cataracts at a very young age?

Is it normal to have cataracts at a very young age?

No: It is not normal to have cataracts at a young age, however it is possible. Usually there is a specific cause or reason. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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Is cataract operation due to diabetes at age 46 too young?

Is cataract operation due to diabetes at age 46 too young?

No: I agree a second opinion is always good if you have any concerns. Diabetes is associated with the early development of a specific type of cataract, so it is not unusual. More importantly, even in a perfect cataract surgery case, diabetes inside the eye may worsen. So, when the cataract is ready, it is preferable to perform the surgery earlier, when diabetes in the eye is minimal. ...Read more

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Are cataracts normal at age 46? Or could it be associated with my disc degeneration...Or be an underlying autoimmune disease?

Are cataracts normal at age 46? Or could it be associated with my disc degeneration...Or be an underlying autoimmune disease?

Can occur at any age: You are a bit young, but cataracts can occur at any age and even in newborns (congenital cataracts). Incidence increases with age. However, chronic inflammation within the eyes (uveitis) can lead to early cataract. Diabetes can lead to early cataract. Systemic or local (injections or inhaled or topical) steroids (prednisone type meds) can cause early cataract. ...Read more

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Does steroid induced cataract progress significantly faster compared to normal old age cataract once it's formed or spotted in early stage?

Frequently: These can occur rapidly especially if the stimulus, steroid, continues to be administered. If the steroid is withdrawn, then they can recede a bit and may not progress Removal should be considered only if the cataract has progressed to the point at which your visual function is not tolerable. ...Read more

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At what age does cataract develop?

At what age does cataract develop?

peaks about 75: Cataracts can appear at any age, even at birth. The most common are age related with onset early in the 40s and 50s and rapid increase through the 60s and 70s peaking at about 75. But some don't get them until later at age. They will occur earlier in smokers, those with significant sunlight exposure and in certain illnesses, use of drugs and hereditary underpinnings. ...Read more

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At what age do you get cataracts usually?

As early as 50: Cataract means "cloud" or "waterfall". Any change causing the natural lens to become less than crystal clear is technically a cataract. It may not be visually significant to you, but if you notice decreased vision, glare from lights or poor reading vision, it may mean cataracts. Since the procedure is so much more successful with better visual results, we tend to perform it on younger patients. ...Read more

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How can cataract be removed if it occurs at the age of 22?

How can cataract be removed if it occurs at the age of 22?

Conventional : Provided that your cataract isn't the result of an injury, a cararact is usually removed by phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens, that has been premeasured, is inserted after the cataract is removed. ...Read more

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This is probably age-related cataracts, maybe, as i'm older; but what are the other kinds of cataracts?

Cataracts: Cataracts (a white lens change): most often due to/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; more info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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How long does blurriness of vision persist after phaco for cataract? I have had surgery 8 hrs ago and my blurriness have worsened a bit since. Normal?

probably yes: Cataract surgery today, as amazing as it is, is still surgery. And your body needs to heal and recover. At 8 hours, your body is just starting the healing process. If the surgery went well, your vision should be fine within a week or two. ...Read more

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Could cataract operation be due to diabetes at age 46?

Could cataract operation be due to diabetes at age 46?

Yes: Diabetes can cause a specific type of cataract to develop called a posterior subcapsular cataract (psc). 46 is young to have the typical age-related cataracts, so a psc is likely. Besides diabetes, trauma, steroid use, and recurrent intraocular inflammation can also cause cataracts to form at an earlier age. ...Read more

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