Cataracts develop for a number of reasons, but the most common cause is aging.

Age-related cataracts develop as a result of natural changes within the lens.

In other cases, an injury or blow to the eye may cause a traumatic cataract.

Some cataracts may also result from the use of certain drugs, exposure to harmful chemicals or excessive amounts of ultraviolet radiation, or some diseases.

In addition, a small number of babies are born with congenital cataracts as a result of unusual prenatal factors.

Very infrequently, cataracts can develop during childhood.

Fortunately, almost all cataracts can be successfully removed and vision restored through modern microsurgery.

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