Who is at Risk for Cataracts?
Dr. Chaisson explains that just about everyone is at risk for cataracts. If we all live long enough, we will likely develop cataracts because it is a natural part of the aging progress. There are several different things that can attribute to cataract development; aging is the number one cause, but secondary to age is exposure to ultraviolet light, certain medications, diseases and genetics.
Ultraviolet light from the sun will affect the progression or speed of development of cataracts. This is why wearing sunglasses daily is so important; even on an overcast day ultraviolet light will still filter through an overcast sky.
Certain medications such as steroids and anti-psychotics can also contribute to the progression of different kinds of cataracts.
Diabetes can cause a person to develop what is known as a snowflake cataract which are basically a cataract that looks like a snowflake.
Congenital cataracts are a form of cataract that people can be born with. Often this type of cataract is not bad enough for surgery. However, as the years go by, the cataract will get worse as part of the aging process.
Unfortunately, no matter what we do to prevent it, we will all most likely develop cataracts someday.