Though cataracts are often associated with aging, particularly men and women over age 60, people in their 40’s and 50’s are also prone to developing cataracts. Research suggests that lifestyle factors like cigarette smoke, alcohol use, diabetes, and prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays could all contribute to the development of cataracts.
Other types of cataracts, include secondary cataracts that occur from surgery for other eye disorders like glaucoma. Cataracts also form as a response to eye trauma or injury, exposure to certain forms of radiation, and in some cases people are born with cataracts.
As with all things eye care related, there is no substitute for a comprehensive, regularly scheduled eye exam to check for vision problems and to help maintain healthy sight.