Having a risk raises your chances of getting a health problem.

You can get this eye problem with or without the risks below. But the more you have, the greater your chances are. Ask your doctor what you can do to lower your risk.

Risks may be:

This is the most common risk. About half of all people between the ages of 65 and 75 have this eye problem.

These health problems may raise your risk:

Being exposed to radiation, toxins, and too much time in the sun can raise your risk.

Smoking can raise your risk.

Drinking too much can raise your risk.

Having people in your family with some types of cataracts can raise your risk.

This eye problem is not common in children. But some children are born with or get cataracts due to problems at birth, metabolism or chromosome problems, infection, or other reasons.

Eye injuries raise your risk.

Some eye surgeries can raise your risk.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review BoardJames P. Cornell, MD
  • Review Date: 12/2018 -
  • Update Date: 02/13/2019 -