Do only the elderly get cataracts?
No. Although the majority of cataracts occur in the elderly cataracts can form in much younger people. For example, those with health problems such as diabetes may develop cataracts when they are younger.In addition cataracts can form as a result of severe trauma to the lens, this can be caused by drugs, inflammation and injury.
In rare cases a baby may be born with a cataract. This is usually due to a genetic disorder, such as Down Syndrome, and easily corrected by replacing the cloudy lens with a new one usually without complication.
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