Who can get a cataracts?
Anyone can get cataract is the short answer to that question. The majority of people who live above the age of sixty will develop some sort of cataract. About 70 it will probably become quite significant. The issue about cataracts is it can affect anyone at any age. It does depend on the cause and there are other causes and things like diabetes.
If you have diabetes the longer you have diabetes the more chances are that there is developing a cataract with time.
If you do have any other issues like trauma to the eye you can develop a cataract at any age. That can happen in youth or in elderly.
And if you’re taking steroid medication orally or steroid inhalers for asthma or even inhalants for allergies, they can all precipitate a cataract over time.
I have a certain subgroup of patients who take eyedrops which contain steroids which also precipitates cataracts.
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.