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Located on South Capital Texas Hwy Next to Lenscrafters

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.

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The health and safety of our patients and staff is a priority. At this time, we have closed due to the escalating coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We continue to monitor the status and look forward to a swift return to normal operations. At this time, we are still able to fulfill contact lens orders and can extend expiration dates in most cases. If you would like to place an order, please visit our website. All online orders approved within 48 hours. Again, thank you for choosing Barton Creek Eyecare, and we wish you and your family the best in health.

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