What Causes Cataracts?

By shirley
Reviewed: dr. vanta
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2. Genetic Factors

Family history plays a role in determining if a person develops cataracts. Cataracts are more likely to affect those whose parents, siblings or other relatives have had cataracts.3‘Cataract.’ AOA.org, www.aoa.org/healthy-eyes/eye-and-vision-conditions/cataract’sso=y.

Although cataracts primarily affect older people, babies may be born with cataracts when they receive faulty genes from their parents. Babies with these faulty genes may also develop cataracts during their first year of life. In addition, children with chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome, may be prone to developing cataracts.4‘Childhood Cataracts.’ NHS Choices, NHS, www.nhs.uk/conditions/childhood-cataracts/causes/.


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