are one of the leading causes of vision loss
in the United States. Cataracts are very common in older adults.1
In the United States, cataract surgery is the most commonly performed
surgery in adults who are older than 65.
Cataracts are more common in people who live in sunny areas and less
common in children than in older adults.
Some babies (about 1 out of 5,000) are born with cataracts (congenital cataracts) or develop them shortly after birth.2 It is very important to treat cataracts that cause severe vision problems in children younger than 3 months of age. Treatment can help prevent
lasting vision loss or blindness.
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August 24, 2011
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Carol L. Karp, MD - Ophthalmology
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