• Who Is at Risk for Cataracts?

    Written by: Kierstan Boyd
    Reviewed by: Elena M Jimenez MD
    Nov. 15, 2016

    Besides aging, other cataract risk factors include:

    • having parents, brothers, sisters, or other family members who have cataracts
    • having certain medical problems, such as diabetes
    • having had an eye injury, eye surgery, or radiation treatments on your upper body
    • having spent a lot of time in the sun, especially without sunglasses that protect your eyes from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays

    If you have any of these risk factors for cataract, you should schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist.