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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.

 

Ask a Doctor: Cataracts at 50? It’s possible

 

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.

 

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