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What causes a cataract?

The number one cause for cataract is ageing. If we live long enough, we jar to people over 70 who have some degree of cataract. How much does depend on genetics, it depends on that person and why they have a cataract. But there are other causes – things like having diabetes accelerate you process of cataract formation. Things like steroid medicines proceed a cataract or if you’ve had any sort of trauma to your eye, that can cause a cataract. So, it can affect anyone at any age. But if you have the risk factures, you will develop a cataract slightly more quickly.
There are other causes and some unfortunate children do have cataracts that born with and they cause similar problems as the cataracts in the elderly population. And there are rarer causes associated with systemic diseases that your doctor will probably advise you on.

More about Jaheed Khan

Mr Jaheed Khan is a Consultant Eye Surgeon at Clinica London. His special expertise is in cataract surgery and conditions affecting the back of the eye, the retina, including AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration), diabetic retinopathy, and various other diseases of the retina. He has over 15 years experience in treating people with eye problems just like you, and has published extensively in scientific journals about treating eye conditions. He teaches students at the London School of Ophthalmology in eye surgery. At Clinica London, he is responsible for Cataract Surgery and Retinal Diseases.


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