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What causes a cataract to grow?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Aging and...
The biggest factor is aging, but ultraviolet light (sunlight, tanning boothes) and smoking are big factors as well.
Some medical diseases such as diabetes, and some medications, such as steroids can also lead to increasing cataracts. More info: cataract surgery michigan.

In brief: Aging and...
The biggest factor is aging, but ultraviolet light (sunlight, tanning boothes) and smoking are big factors as well.
Some medical diseases such as diabetes, and some medications, such as steroids can also lead to increasing cataracts. More info: cataract surgery michigan.
Dr. William Goldstein
Dr. William Goldstein
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not quite growth
Cataracts are mostly a change in the character of the very specialized proteins that make up the natural clear lens.
When these change, the transmission of light becomes impaired. We call this the growth of a cataract but it is really a change in the makeup rather than growth meaning enlargement. It is mostly an aging process with a breakdown in the normal mechanisms that maintain transparency.

In brief: Not quite growth
Cataracts are mostly a change in the character of the very specialized proteins that make up the natural clear lens.
When these change, the transmission of light becomes impaired. We call this the growth of a cataract but it is really a change in the makeup rather than growth meaning enlargement. It is mostly an aging process with a breakdown in the normal mechanisms that maintain transparency.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Cataract cause
Cataract cause: Cataract occur from change in lens proteins which cause whitening/clouding of clear lens composition: can be due to an infection or inflammation from birth (ie, rubella), old age/genetics, steroid use, trauma, poor diet; smoking & Diabetes increases risk.
More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com

In brief: Cataract cause
Cataract cause: Cataract occur from change in lens proteins which cause whitening/clouding of clear lens composition: can be due to an infection or inflammation from birth (ie, rubella), old age/genetics, steroid use, trauma, poor diet; smoking & Diabetes increases risk.
More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
In brief: Age
Cataract is when the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy or opaque.
Treatment is indicated if it is affecting your ability to see and perform normal activities of daily living. The clouding usually starts in the late 50's and surgery is usually indicated in the late 60's - 70 years of age. Typically aging is what causes a cataract to progress, but trauma, diabetes, uv light can also.

In brief: Age
Cataract is when the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy or opaque.
Treatment is indicated if it is affecting your ability to see and perform normal activities of daily living. The clouding usually starts in the late 50's and surgery is usually indicated in the late 60's - 70 years of age. Typically aging is what causes a cataract to progress, but trauma, diabetes, uv light can also.
Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham
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Dr. Howard Pomeranz
Ophthalmology
In brief: Cataract
Cataracts can progress due to age, diabetes, steroid usage or other medical conditions.

In brief: Cataract
Cataracts can progress due to age, diabetes, steroid usage or other medical conditions.
Dr. Howard Pomeranz
Dr. Howard Pomeranz
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