Do cataracts only affect seniors?

September 29th, 2015 by Carolina Eye Associates

Cataracts can affect anyone! Although most people don’t show symptoms until the age of 40, cataracts can also affect young adults and even children. Risk factors that may lead to getting cataract at a younger age include:

  • Intense heat or long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun
  • Certain diseases, such as diabetes
  • Inflammation in the eye
  • Hereditary influences
  • Events before birth, such as German measles in the mother
  • Long-term steroid use
  • Severe long-term nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Eye injuries
  • Eye diseases
  • Smoking

There is no proven way to prevent age-related cataracts. However, choosing a healthy lifestyle can slow the progression of cataracts. Some ways to delay the progression of cataracts include avoiding smoking, reducing exposure to UV rays, eating healthy foods and wearing proper eye protection to avoid eye injury.

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