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Does diabetes cause cataracts?

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Dr. LINDA VARGAS
Ophthalmology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Cataracts are caused by many things, including age.
Most people will develop cataracts later in life, but in some diabetics, especially poorly controlled diabetics they are more likely to develop cataracts earlier.

In brief: Yes

Cataracts are caused by many things, including age.
Most people will develop cataracts later in life, but in some diabetics, especially poorly controlled diabetics they are more likely to develop cataracts earlier.
Dr. LINDA VARGAS
Dr. LINDA VARGAS
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Dr. Howard Pomeranz
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cataract

Diabetes is one of many risk factors for developing cataracts.

In brief: Cataract

Diabetes is one of many risk factors for developing cataracts.
Dr. Howard Pomeranz
Dr. Howard Pomeranz
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Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Even without diabete

Everyone develops age related changes to the intraocular lens.
This is called cataracts. You should have surgery only if your vision cannot be improved to your satisfaction with glasses. In addition, patients with diabetes tend to progress to age related changes faster than healthy adults, thus, worse cataracts sooner. Most people get surgery for cataracts in their 70's, diabetes patients, sooner.

In brief: Even without diabete

Everyone develops age related changes to the intraocular lens.
This is called cataracts. You should have surgery only if your vision cannot be improved to your satisfaction with glasses. In addition, patients with diabetes tend to progress to age related changes faster than healthy adults, thus, worse cataracts sooner. Most people get surgery for cataracts in their 70's, diabetes patients, sooner.
Dr. Damien Luviano
Dr. Damien Luviano
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Dr. Eddie Nakhuda
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

In brief: Yes

There is an increased incidence of cataracts in diabetics.

In brief: Yes

There is an increased incidence of cataracts in diabetics.
Dr. Eddie Nakhuda
Dr. Eddie Nakhuda
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Not true. Diabetics have a higher incidence of detection of cataracts since they get examined so frequently but no study shows a percentage greater than the population of the same age. Consider the fact that juvenile diabetics, who frequently have very poor control, rarely get cataracts.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology

In brief: No

Diabetics get eye examinations much more regularly than most (and they should) so when they get cataracts the two conditons are sometimes associated because they seem so connected.
But in fact cataracts are a separate item and there is no causal relationship between the two conditions. For instance children with diabetes can go for many years without cataracts even with poor diabetic control.

In brief: No

Diabetics get eye examinations much more regularly than most (and they should) so when they get cataracts the two conditons are sometimes associated because they seem so connected.
But in fact cataracts are a separate item and there is no causal relationship between the two conditions. For instance children with diabetes can go for many years without cataracts even with poor diabetic control.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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