Cataracts at 50? It’s possible
Tue, Nov 28, 2017
A cataract is the clouding of the lens within the eye. By age 80, most Americans have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.
“On occasion, however, cataracts can appear in younger patients — even babies — as a result of genetics, disease, long-term use of steroid medications, or eye injury,” says Dr. Steven Gainey, an ophthalmologist with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists.
Treatment in these cases is often limited to new eyeglasses, brighter lighting or anti-glare sunglasses. If those treatments are unsuccessful, surgery can be performed to replace the clouded lens with a new clear lens or implant, Gainey says.