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Causes

 

Cataracts occur when the natural lens inside the eye becomes discolored or cloudy, causing blurred or distorted vision. This blurring is the result of a chemical change within the eye, most often occurring after the age of 55. The direct cause of cataracts is not known, although heredity, injury, and/or disease might be factors.

 

Additional factors that may contribute to the development of cataracts include exposure to ultraviolet light, smoking, and certain prescription drugs.

 

Symptoms

 

Indications that cataracts may be forming include:

 

Diagnosis and Treatment

 

 

Additional information  on cataracts can be found on the following websites:

American Optometric Association

and

Eye Center of Texas

Cataracts

Stage 3 Cataract

Stage 4 Cataract