Skip to main content

Please note that our West Palm Beach office is now open normal hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday Noon to 4:00 PM. Our Wellington office is open Monday - Saturday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from Noon to 5:00 PM. Be sure to stay up to date on our COVID-19 pandemic protocols by clicking this link

computer-eye-2 Telehealth Visit

Wellington

Call (561) 475-5007
Make Appointment

West Palm Beach

Call (561) 459-5832
Make Appointment
Menu
Home » Eye Health » Eye Diseases » Cataracts » Causes of Cataracts

Causes of Cataracts

Cataracts are part of the natural aging process of the eye and therefore, if you live to an old age, you will likely eventually develop one. While most cases of cataracts develop as part of this process, there are instances of congenital cataracts which are present at birth. Further, secondary or traumatic cataracts can occur at any age as a result of an eye injury, surgery or disease.While the risk of developing a cataract does increase as you age, it is not the only risk factor. Research shows that there are environmental, health and behavioral risk factors that can also play a role in cataract development. Many of these risk factors are avoidable and preventable. These risk factors include:

  • Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
  • Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or other sources
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Certain medications such as steroids or statin medications
  • History of eye injury or eye surgery
  • Family history

Since they are largely a part of the the natural aging process of the eye, cataracts can’t necessarily be avoided, however knowing if you have additional risk factors can help you to take preventative steps to delay the onset of the condition.

Screen Shot 2020 04 10 at 11.36.05 AM

For more information click here