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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?

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Dr. Matthew Rauen
Ophthalmology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Allan Goldstein
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not usually

Nothing to do with disc disease or autoimmune disease unless you are on steroids.

In brief: Not usually

Nothing to do with disc disease or autoimmune disease unless you are on steroids.
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