What Causes Early Onset Cataracts?

If you’re like most people, when you hear the word “cataracts,” you probably picture a person in their 60s or 70s. Most cataracts are caused by the natural aging process and affect people later in life. However, it is possible to develop cataracts at a younger age. In this post, the team at InVision Eye Care reveals factors that can cause early onset cataracts.

Prolonged Use of Corticosteroids

High doses or the prolonged use of corticosteroid medications (e.g., Prednisone) has been linked to the formation of cataracts early in life. If you have to take steroid medications regularly, make sure to have annual eye exams to stay on top of your ocular health.


Smoking is believed to significantly increase the risk of early cataracts. Studies show that smokers are twice as likely to get cataracts, and that the risk increases the more one smokes.


Individuals with diabetes are at greater risk of developing cataracts (and other eye problems like diabetic retinopathy) than people who do not have diabetes. Uncontrolled blood sugar associated with diabetes can take a toll on the health of the eyes — specifically, it can affect the opacity of the lens, causing cataracts. If you have diabetes, you should control your blood sugar with the help of your primary care physician, and see your eye doctor regularly for checkups.

Trauma to the Eye

Blunt or penetrating force to the eye can damage the lens, causing it to become cloudy or opaque. If you have experienced an injury to your eye, you should consult with an eye doctor to determine the extent of the damage and find the most appropriate treatment solution.

Congenital Cataracts

In rare cases, children are born with cataracts or develop cataracts within the first few years of their life. 

What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

In the early stages of a cataract, vision may appear to get blurrier or hazier. As cataracts get worse, other symptoms can occur, including the following:

Contact InVision Eye Care

InVision Eye Care has helped countless patients reclaim clear vision after cataracts. If you notice a change or decline in your vision that could be related to cataracts, book an appointment with our team. You can reach us by calling or sending us an email today.


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