• Did my traumatic brain injury cause early cataracts?


    Two years ago, I was in a car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). My vision prior to and immediately after the TBI showed little to no change. After a routine eye exam last week my ophthalmologist said I have cataracts forming in both eyes, primarily in my left. I’m 37 with no health issues and I don’t smoke and rarely drink. Is it possible the TBI has started the formation of the cataracts?


    Unless you hit your eyes, the TBI would not cause a cataract. However, if you were put on high doses of steroid medication after the injury, which is commonly done to help prevent brain swelling/inflammation, this could cause earlier cataract formation. If the cataract change is not affecting your vision, I would not worry about it for now. Have your ophthalmologist check it yearly.


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