cataract occurs when the lens inside your eye becomes
cloudy. Things linked to clouding include:
- Aging (age-related cataracts).
- Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, such as from sunlight, tanning booths,
Diabetes. Diabetes, especially when the
blood sugar levels are above the safe range, causes changes in the eye that can
result in cataracts.
- Disease inside the eye, such as
retinitis pigmentosa, retinal detachment, or long-term uveitis.
- Long-term use of
radiation treatments to the head.
- Family history (genetics). A person may inherit the tendency to develop
Vitrectomy. People older than age 50 who have had the
vitreous gel removed from their eye (vitrectomy) have an increased risk of
- Eye injury. Even though
injury-related cataracts are rare, injury is a leading
cause of cataracts in children.
- Being born with cataracts
(congenital). Some children are born with the condition.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 24, 2011
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