16 doctors weighed in:
Are some people more prone to getting cataract?
16 doctors weighed in

Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, but...
We are all prone to getting cataracts.
They are a normal aging change in the eyes, causing our natural lenses to lose clarity. Some individuals may get cataracts at an earlier age due to exposure to certain chemicals or ultraviolet; others may have a family tendency toward early cataracts. There is currently no treatment to prevent cataracts, although a short procedure will permanently remove them.

In brief: Yes, but...
We are all prone to getting cataracts.
They are a normal aging change in the eyes, causing our natural lenses to lose clarity. Some individuals may get cataracts at an earlier age due to exposure to certain chemicals or ultraviolet; others may have a family tendency toward early cataracts. There is currently no treatment to prevent cataracts, although a short procedure will permanently remove them.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Some peoples genetics cause sooner formation of cataracts.
Usage of steroids or steroid drops can make you more prone to cataract. Trauma to the eye can make one more prone. Surgery on they eye can make you more prone.

In brief: Yes
Some peoples genetics cause sooner formation of cataracts.
Usage of steroids or steroid drops can make you more prone to cataract. Trauma to the eye can make one more prone. Surgery on they eye can make you more prone.
Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham
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Dr. Frances Ilozue
Diabetes may also increase the risk.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Some people are at increased risk of getting cataracts: Advanced age; Diabetes; A family history of cataracts; Smoking; Extensive exposure to sunlight; Previous eye injury or inflammation (swelling) in the eye; poor diet (lack of antioxidants).
More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com

In brief: Yes
Some people are at increased risk of getting cataracts: Advanced age; Diabetes; A family history of cataracts; Smoking; Extensive exposure to sunlight; Previous eye injury or inflammation (swelling) in the eye; poor diet (lack of antioxidants).
More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: To a small extent
Except for special cases like trauma and cataracts at birth, most cataracts fall along a bell shaped curve usually starting in the 40s with a peak in the 70s and some in the 90s still not getting a significant change.
I don't think that people are "prone" to getting cataract but if you live long enough, you will probably get them.

In brief: To a small extent
Except for special cases like trauma and cataracts at birth, most cataracts fall along a bell shaped curve usually starting in the 40s with a peak in the 70s and some in the 90s still not getting a significant change.
I don't think that people are "prone" to getting cataract but if you live long enough, you will probably get them.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
In brief: Yes
Eyes exposed to sunlight, diabetics, genetics, hyperparathyroidism ( high calcium).

In brief: Yes
Eyes exposed to sunlight, diabetics, genetics, hyperparathyroidism ( high calcium).
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Rebecca Dale
Smoking, prior eye trauma or eye surgery, and use of steroid medications (either topical drops or oral steroids) can also predispose people to cataracts
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