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What sort of disease is a cataract?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Various causes
But typically an age-related clouding of the lens which slowly decreases vision but is reversible after replacing with a clear lens.
Is very common and develops in everyone eventually but only recommend removal if visually significant.

In brief: Various causes
But typically an age-related clouding of the lens which slowly decreases vision but is reversible after replacing with a clear lens.
Is very common and develops in everyone eventually but only recommend removal if visually significant.
Dr. Robert Chang
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Dr. Benjamin Chun
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Natural
I would call it a natural disease, if i had to call it a disease.
Its a natural process where your lens of your eye opacify over time. Time varies for everyone. There are some babies that are born with it, and those would be more in line with a disease. There is a 98 year that i'm doing surgery next week, because he wants to start working again--he's had good use of his lens for almost 100yrs.

In brief: Natural
I would call it a natural disease, if i had to call it a disease.
Its a natural process where your lens of your eye opacify over time. Time varies for everyone. There are some babies that are born with it, and those would be more in line with a disease. There is a 98 year that i'm doing surgery next week, because he wants to start working again--he's had good use of his lens for almost 100yrs.
Dr. Benjamin Chun
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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Clouding of lens
We all get changes in the light transmission of our natural lenses as we age, and some people are born with cloudy lenses in their eyes.
Most of the time, if you do not smoke, and wear uv eye protection, you will not have surgically significant cataracts until age 75-80.

In brief: Clouding of lens
We all get changes in the light transmission of our natural lenses as we age, and some people are born with cloudy lenses in their eyes.
Most of the time, if you do not smoke, and wear uv eye protection, you will not have surgically significant cataracts until age 75-80.
Dr. Beth Friedland
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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Cloudy lens
The lens inside the eye becomes cloudy as we age, and eventually this is clinically noticable as a cataract.
There are many types and causes, and diabetes can cause cataracts to appear in younger patients. Trauma to the eyes can also result in cataracts.

In brief: Cloudy lens
The lens inside the eye becomes cloudy as we age, and eventually this is clinically noticable as a cataract.
There are many types and causes, and diabetes can cause cataracts to appear in younger patients. Trauma to the eyes can also result in cataracts.
Dr. Beth Friedland
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not a disease, just
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; due to protein change in lens; more info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.
com

In brief: Not a disease, just
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; due to protein change in lens; more info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.
com
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Cataract
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.

In brief: Cataract
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.
Dr. Michael Ham
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