What causes cataracts?
Aging is the most common cause due to regular eye changes that begin to happen after age forty. People over age sixty generally start to have some clouding of their lenses, but vision issues may not occur until years later.
In younger people, cataracts can result from:
- Having immediate family members who have cataracts
- Certain medical conditions such as diabetes
- Experiencing an eye injury, eye surgery, or radiation treatments on your upper body
- Spending a lot of time in the sun, especially without sunglasses that protect your eyes from damaging UV rays
- Using certain medications such as corticosteroids may cause the early formation of cataracts