Cataracts are most commonly an age-related condition that occur as the proteins inside the clear lens of the eye begin to break down, creating a cloudy effect similar to car headlights becoming foggy over time. This results in blurred vision, fading of colors, and halos or starbursts around lights at nighttime.
There are many different types of cataracts and although natural age-related cataracts are the most common, patients of any age can develop them. Some children are born with congenital cataracts that may or may not affect their vision. You can also develop cataracts from trauma, surgery, radiation, health conditions such as diabetes, and use of certain medications, particularly steroids.
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