Cataract Surgery | Types, Complications, Recovery, Costs & More

Risk factors of cataract


Cataract has different risk factors that increase the susceptibility to developing cataract. Most risk factors of cataracts are avoidable or controllable. However, senile cataract, as a result of aging, is more common in elderlies. Diabetic patients particularly those with unmanaged diabetes are at higher risk of getting cataracts.

Patients taking topical or systemic steroids for a long period are found to have a higher incidence of cataracts. Although the correlation between smoking and cataract isn’t fully understood, Cataract is prevalent among smokers. Overexposure to radiation or even direct sunlight is believed to induce lens opacities.