While cataracts most commonly affect people over the age of 60, it is not so uncommon for people to develop cataracts in their 40s, 30s and even 20s. Cataracts can even occur at birth!
What causes early cataract?
As we age, the natural arrangement of proteins in the lens breaks down. This causes the proteins to eventually cluster together, clouding the lens and creating the cataract. Other factors include exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, eye injury, genetic disorders, steroid use, radiation therapy, smoking, and diabetes.
What do early stage cataracts look like?
The symptoms of early-stage cataracts include mild eye blurriness and cloudiness, early sensitivity to light and glare, and an ever-increasing eye strain. Sudden headaches, seeing flashes of lights, sudden vision changes, and double vision could also be symptoms of early to immature stages of cataracts.
What are the warning signs of cataracts?
Signs and symptoms of cataracts include:
- Clouded, blurred or dim vision.
- Increasing difficulty with vision at night.
- Sensitivity to light and glare.
- Need for brighter light for reading and other activities.
- Seeing “halos” around lights.
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription.
- Fading or yellowing of colors.
Can a 21 year old have cataracts?
When you think about cataracts, chances are the first thing that comes to mind is an elderly person. While cataracts most commonly affect people over the age of 60, it is not so uncommon for people to develop cataracts in their 40s, 30s and even 20s. Cataracts can even occur at birth!
What is the youngest age for cataracts?
It’s a common misconception that cataracts only affect the elderly. While it’s true that most cataracts occur because of aging, it’s not the only reason that cataracts can develop. Many people start developing cataracts as young as age 40. However, cataracts can occur at any age.
Can you see immediately after cataract surgery?
Many patients report clear vision within several hours after cataract surgery. But each person heals differently, and you may need as long as a week or two before you see images in their sharpest focus.
Can you see close up with cataracts?
Unfortunately, the improved ability to see up close does not negate the other cataracts symptoms. Also, if you have had nearly perfect vision all your life, cataracts can limit your ability to see at a distance because of myopia.
What are the 3 types of cataracts?
There are three primary types of cataracts: nuclear sclerotic, cortical and posterior subcapsular.
- Nuclear Sclerotic Cataracts. …
- Cortical Cataracts. …
- Posterior Subcapsular Cataracts.
At what stage should cataracts be removed?
In most cases, you need surgery when blurry vision and other symptoms of a cataract starts to interfere with daily activities like reading or driving. There is no drug or eye drop to prevent or treat cataracts. Removing them is the only treatment.
How can I get rid of cataracts naturally?
A consistently healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, oily fish and whole grains may result in a decreased risk of cataracts. Antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals such as vitamins A, C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin and omega 3 fatty acids may also reduce the risk of cataract progression.
What will happen if cataract is left untreated?
Over time, cataracts become worse and start to interfere with vision. Important skills can be affected, such as driving, and loss of vision can affect the overall quality of life in many ways including reading, working, hobbies and sports. If left untreated, cataracts will eventually cause total blindness.
Can you get cataracts at 19?
1: Cataracts can develop at any age. While most people develop cataracts as they age, that isn’t the case for everybody. As Dr. Whitman explains, “Younger people can develop cataracts.
Can cataracts develop suddenly?
Cataract development is usually a gradual process of normal aging, but can occasionally occur rapidly. Many people are unaware that they have cataracts because the changes in their vision have been so gradual. Cataracts commonly affect both eyes, but it is not uncommon for cataracts in one eye to advance more rapidly.
Can early stage cataracts be reversed?
Unfortunately, there is no option to reverse cataracts. Still, you can do things to prevent cataracts and potentially slow the speed at which they progress.