Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

What Causes Cataracts?

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Question: I am nearsighted (myopia), and my doctor tells me I have a cataract. I'm only 19 years old. Why would I have a cataract at such a young age?
Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
Most cataracts develop due to aging or an injury that changes the tissue in the lens of an eye. Did you have an injury to that particular eye? Or has your doctor told you that you have cataracts in both your eyes? Sometimes changes to the lens can take place in both eyes due to rare genetic defects. This slowly growing type of cataract can show up in early adulthood. Steroids can also cause cataracts.
Cataract surgery is safe and effective, and it is your only option. But in your case, the right type of intraocular lens power can eliminate the need for glasses.

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