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Home » Eye Health » Eye Diseases » Cataracts » Causes of Cataracts

Cataracts are part of the natural aging process of the eye and therefore, if you live to an old age, you will likely eventually develop one. While most cases of cataracts develop as part of this process, there are instances of congenital cataracts which are present at birth. Further, secondary or traumatic cataracts can occur at any age as a result of an eye injury, surgery or disease.While the risk of developing a cataract does increase as you age, it is not the only risk factor. Research shows that there are environmental, health and behavioral risk factors that can also play a role in cataract development. Many of these risk factors are avoidable and preventable. These risk factors include:

  • Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
  • Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or other sources
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Certain medications such as steroids or statin medications
  • History of eye injury or eye surgery
  • Family history

Since they are largely a part of the the natural aging process of the eye, cataracts can’t necessarily be avoided, however knowing if you have additional risk factors can help you to take preventative steps to delay the onset of the condition.

Hello Friends.

I am happy to announce my retirement effective May 29, 2021.  Starting June 14th, your records are being transferred to Dr. Chandra Williams at River City Vision Center located at 12961 North Main St. #203, Jacksonville, FL, 32218. 

Her phone number is (904)696-2027.  You will also still be able to call my phone number on your prescription cards and it will transfer to her office. 

Thank you for the privilege of being your eye doctor and getting to know you. 

All the best to you.Adele Paul, O.D.