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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.

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We hope this message finds you and yours healthy as the COVID-19 coronavirus impacts our community.

Starting 3-18-2020 we will be seeing Emergency Eye Care Visits ONLY. ALL Routine Eye Exams and Routine Follow-up visits are CANCELLED until further notice per CDC guidelines announced 3-17-2020. If you have questions in regards to this statement you may call the office.

If you need refills on contacts, call the office to order a temporary refill to get you by until your next exam. For glasses needs we will be addressing each issue on a case by case basis. The Optical will be open for glasses and contact pickups. We will temporarily be suspending adjustments at this time for the safety or our patients, staff and community.

Thank you for your understanding and please listen to your local, state and federal government recommendations to STAY HOME and help our country decrease the risk of spread.

Stay Safe and Well,