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    Are cataracts preventable?

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    Rowan has over ten years experience as an optometrist and since graduation from Melbourne University has worked throughout Australia and in the UK, in all … View Profile

    The most common form of cataract, due to age-related lens changes within the eye, is not preventable.  Most people will develop some degree of cataract as they become older.  However, whilst aging changes often result in some degree of cataract, these are very commonly and readily treated surgically by an ophthalmlogist. 

    There are some preventable forms of cataract caused by exposure to UV light, eye trauma, steroid use, diabetes or exposure to chemical toxins.  Protecting your eyes from the sun, or in environments where eye-damage may result, will reduce the risk of these types of preventable cataract.

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