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If cataracts are caused by medicine, and you stop taking the medicine, will cataracts worsen?

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology

In brief: Depends

Cataract occur from change in lens proteins which cause whitening/clouding/opacity of lens; can be due to: infection/ inflammation from birth/congential (ie, rubella), old age (senile)/genetics, steroid/meds, trauma (causes acute change), poor diet; smoking, Diabetes increases risk.
Full med list: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com. Causing meds can still have lasting effect once stopped: depends on med.

In brief: Depends

Cataract occur from change in lens proteins which cause whitening/clouding/opacity of lens; can be due to: infection/ inflammation from birth/congential (ie, rubella), old age (senile)/genetics, steroid/meds, trauma (causes acute change), poor diet; smoking, Diabetes increases risk.
Full med list: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com. Causing meds can still have lasting effect once stopped: depends on med.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology

In brief: Yes

Cataracts will continue to progress with or without medicines although the rate may slow down if the medicine is discontinued.
. Prednisone is a very common cause of cataracts

In brief: Yes

Cataracts will continue to progress with or without medicines although the rate may slow down if the medicine is discontinued.
. Prednisone is a very common cause of cataracts
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Dr. Harvey Fishman
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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology

In brief: Aging

Cataracts are always forming slowly in everyone who is living, and they can be accelerated by outside factors such as medicines, so when the meds are removed, the age-related portion will still be occurring.

In brief: Aging

Cataracts are always forming slowly in everyone who is living, and they can be accelerated by outside factors such as medicines, so when the meds are removed, the age-related portion will still be occurring.
Dr. Robert Chang
Dr. Robert Chang
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