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Causes of Cataracts

Cataracts occur when the lens of your eye becomes cloudy, potentially reducing your vision. This condition is most common in older patients, but we help residents in and around Alexandria of all ages deal with their cataracts at Sina J Sabet MD PC. We also recommend eye care practices that can reduce the likelihood of cataracts for patients that are concerned about their eye health.

What Causes Cataracts?

The main cause of cataracts is aging, which can change the tissue in your lens. You may not notice that you have cataracts until they are more advanced, especially if you have not had an eye exam in some time. During the beginning stages, cataracts may have minimal impact on your vision.

Cataracts are more likely to develop if you smoke, frequently expose your eyes to sunlight, obesity, high blood pressure, drink alcohol excessively, or have taken steroidal medications for a long time. If you wear sunglasses, maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise, quit smoking, and only drink in moderation, you can reduce the likelihood of developing cataracts.

Additional Causes

Cataracts can also result from an injury that damages your lens tissue. Cataracts may result from other eye conditions and even eye surgeries or diabetes can damage the eyes in a way that leads to cataracts. Remember to wear protective gear when participating in sports or if you work with materials that could cause eye injuries. Even if cataracts are the only potential risk of these activities, it is better to avoid an injury and the vision loss it can cause.

It is possible to develop cataracts even if you care for your eyes. You may find yourself in need of an eye surgeon, especially if your eyeglasses or contact lenses can no longer correct your vision. Some eye doctors also recommend cataract surgery early to prevent vision loss from occurring in the first place.

Contact Our Ophthalmologist in Alexandria, VA

If you would like to have your eyes tested for cataracts or would like to know more about our treatment options, call our team at Sina J Sabet MD PC today at (703) 370-9411 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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