Contributions and Concerns
A Cloudy Forecast
You are naturally prone to developing cataracts as part of the aging process, but other factors can play key roles. Some of the factors that may contribute to cataract development are:
- Overexposure to sunlight
- High blood pressure
- Family history of cataracts
Cataracts are a natural and very common occurrence. But that doesn’t mean you’re necessarily going to develop them as part of the aging process.
If you keep a healthy diet, don’t smoke, and wear sunglasses that filter 99% of UVA & UVB rays, your risk for developing cataracts will drop. Scheduling annual routine eye exams lets our eye doctors know when it’s time to treat cataracts.
Children & Cataracts
Cataracts are often age-related, but they aren’t exclusive to older people. Cataracts can develop at any age, even in children. They may be present from birth or develop as a byproduct of other diseases or physical trauma.
Children need age-appropriate eye examinations while growing up to monitor their ocular development, and this includes looking for cataracts. Smithfield Eye & Optical doctors survey a child’s lens during their exam to make sure their vision is clear.