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Eye Library / Risk Evaluations / Cataract Risk

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. It can be compared to a window that is frosted or yellowed.

Are you at risk for Cataract ?

The most common type of cataract is related to aging of the eye. By age 80, more than half of people either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery in the western world. Age is the most common risk factor.All persons 65 and over should be evaluated for cataracts through a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years.

You may be at a higher risk of developing cataracts if you:

Bunun dışındaki risk faktörleri
• Smoke
• Use steroid medications
• Have suffered an eye injury
• Have diabetes
• Have had prolonged exposure to sunlight
• Are obese
• Are an alcoholic
• Have a family history of cataracts

If you have any of these risk factors, you should schedule an appointment with ophthalmologist for an exam. The ophthalmologist will tell you whether cataract or some other problem is the cause of your vision loss and can help you decide if cataract surgery is appropriate for you.