Cataracts, Cause and Risk Factors

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Dr. Anthony Roberts of Shady Grove Ophthalmology in Rockville, Maryland, has extensive experience in LASIK vision correction and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), having performed more than 55,000 refractive procedures over his nearly two-decade career. At his practice, Dr. Anthony Roberts also administers treatments for cataracts.

Cataracts affect approximately 20.5 million people over the age of 40 and more than half the population of those 80 years old and up. The condition causes clouding of the lens, resulting in vision impairment, and develops from a buildup of protein that is compacted into the center of the lens as new lens cells form.

Cataracts can occur at any age. Babies can be born with the condition, known as congenital cataracts, because of an infection or injury caused while still in the womb. A traumatic injury to the eye or development of diabetes can also result in cataracts. Further, the condition can be brought on by smoking cigarettes, consuming mass quantities of alcohol, and/or living in polluted areas.