Cataract risk factors

These factors increase your risk of developing cataracts:

  • Advanced age;
  • Diabetes;
  • A family history of cataracts;
  • Extensive exposure to sunlight;
  • Smoking;
  • Obesity;
  • High blood pressure;
  • Previous eye injury or inflammation (swelling) in the eye;
  • Previous eye surgery;
  • Long-term use of steroid medication (especially combined use of oral and inhaled steroids).

If you have any of these risk factors for cataract, you should schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.).

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Reviewed by Dr. Elena Jiménez on Feb. 1, 2014

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