Who Can Get a Cataract?

Reviewed by: Jason Jacobs, M.D. and Leslie Doctor, M.D.

Anyone can get a Cataract. Cataracts occur most often in people over 55 years old, and even more in people over 65-and Cataracts affect some 60% of people over 75. Adults may also develop Cataracts as a side effect of certain medications such as corticosteroids used to treat asthma or as a result of systemic diseases such as Diabetes. Pediatric Cataracts, which are typically congenital, are unusual but may occur for a number of reasons related to the mother’s health during pregnancy.

The information that has been provided here is intended to give patients a basic understanding of who gets Cataracts. It is possible that your individual experience might be different. None of the information provided here is meant to be a substitute for or replace your eye doctor's consultation nor does it replace the need for you to consult with your Cataract Surgeon about specific details of Cataract Surgery and Intraocular Lens (IOL) Implantation.

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