Lifetime Eye Care

What Are the Risk Factors for Developing Cataracts?

Sep 8, 2015 @ 09:00 AM — by Jeffrey Schultz
Tagged with: Cataract Surgery Eye Care

At Lifetime Eye Care, we not only offer quality treatments for a wide range of eye conditions, from glaucoma to cataracts, but also provide patient education about these conditions. It is part of our philosophy to empower our patients to become active participants in their own eye care, giving them the knowledge they need to take the best care possible of their eyes and recognize the symptoms of potential problems in their earliest stages, when they are easiest to treat.

When it comes to the timely treatment of cataracts, early diagnosis is essential. This is why we educate our patients about cataract risk factors during consultations at our Cleveland eye care clinic. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness globally. Fortunately, here in the United States, most people have access to good medical care; patients of Lifetime Eye Care have access to state-of-the-art cataract surgery and lens replacement technology. However, patients who know that they are at heightened risk of developing cataracts can come into our office for routine screenings to help keep their eyes healthy for as long as possible.

Remember, there is nothing more precious than your vision, and we would love to be your partners in helping you maintain excellent vision for a lifetime. That’s why we call our practice Lifetime Eye Care.

Understanding the Risk Factors for Cataracts

Eventually, everyone who lives long enough becomes at risk for developing cataracts. This is because the number-one risk factor for cataracts is age. At the age of 60, a person’s risk of developing cataracts begins to increase with each passing year. Roughly 50 percent of all American adults aged 75 and older either have cataracts or have had treatment for cataracts. Unfortunately, age-related cataracts are inevitable and cannot be prevented. Treatment can help to slow their progression, but eventually the diseased lenses will have to be removed and replaced by artificial intraocular lenses (IOLs).

Therefore, if you are aged 60 or older, you should have a comprehensive eye exam at least once every two years.

There are other factors that could put you at greater risk for developing cataracts even earlier than the age of 60. In isolation, these factors may only slightly increase your risk; however, the more of these factors that apply to you, the greater your risk may be:

Learn More about Cataract Risk Factors

To learn more about the risk factors for developing cataracts, please contact Lifetime Eye Care today.