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Why do I have cataracts if I am only seventeen?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: See Below
It is unusual for young people to have cataracts, however, very possible.
There are many reasons someone can have a cataract at age 17. I suggest asking your ophthalmologist what might the cause of your specific cataracts, but causes in young people can include trauma, uncontrolled diabetes, medical steroid use, genetic and many others.

In brief: See Below
It is unusual for young people to have cataracts, however, very possible.
There are many reasons someone can have a cataract at age 17. I suggest asking your ophthalmologist what might the cause of your specific cataracts, but causes in young people can include trauma, uncontrolled diabetes, medical steroid use, genetic and many others.
Dr. John Odette
Dr. John Odette
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Can be genetic
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

In brief: Can be genetic
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
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Dr. Yale Kanter
At your age you can sometimes have congenital lens changes that usually do not affect your vision and are found only by appropriate eye examination.
Dr. William Trattler
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
In brief: Early cataracts
Some people can develop cataracts at an early age.
It can just happen, although one known risk is blunt trauma.

In brief: Early cataracts
Some people can develop cataracts at an early age.
It can just happen, although one known risk is blunt trauma.
Dr. William Trattler
Dr. William Trattler
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Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology
In brief: Congenital
Congenital cataracts are seen at birth, and this is likely what you have.
They can have a variable effect on vision.

In brief: Congenital
Congenital cataracts are seen at birth, and this is likely what you have.
They can have a variable effect on vision.
Dr. Christopher Hood
Dr. Christopher Hood
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