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Causes of Cataracts

Cataracts are part of the natural aging process of the eye and therefore, if you live to an old age, you will likely eventually develop one. While most cases of cataracts develop as part of this process, there are instances of congenital cataracts which are present at birth. Further, secondary or traumatic cataracts can occur at any age as a result of an eye injury, surgery or disease.While the risk of developing a cataract does increase as you age, it is not the only risk factor. Research shows that there are environmental, health and behavioral risk factors that can also play a role in cataract development. Many of these risk factors are avoidable and preventable. These risk factors include:

  • Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
  • Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or other sources
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Certain medications such as steroids or statin medications
  • History of eye injury or eye surgery
  • Family history

Since they are largely a part of the the natural aging process of the eye, cataracts can’t necessarily be avoided, however knowing if you have additional risk factors can help you to take preventative steps to delay the onset of the condition.

We are excited to tell our valued patients that we will be opening the clinic to routine eye care beginning May 4.

Please be mindful that there will be limited access so we ask that you schedule an appointment before coming in. We apologize in advance for potentially running behind schedule as we implement best practices for your and our safety. If we are running late, we ask that you wait in your car until the previous patient leaves.

Also, we will only allow so many patients in the office so we request that only the patient with the appointment come to the office, obviously, except for a parent accompanying his or her child or a caregiver.

We request that you apply hand sanitizer upon arrival at the office and to please wear a mask when they come.

All exam rooms and instruments will be cleaned and disinfected between patients.

We very much look forward to seeing you!