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Cataracts causes


What causes cataracts?

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Registered Optometrist Paul Carroll BSc(Hons) MCOptom MBA answers this question.

There are several causes of cataract. The most common form of cataract is associated with ageing, although not everyone develops cataracts as they get older. Cataracts may be caused by an eye injury: a sharp blow, a chemical or electrical burn or a very high dose of radiation. Rare causes of cataracts include side-effects of some long-term medications and eye diseases. Genetics can also rarely lead to the development of cataracts at birth or early in childhood.

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Optician's Biography

Optometrist Paul Carroll joined Specsavers 20 years ago as the resident optometrist director at Specsavers in Southport and for the last 15 years, has worked as Director of Professional Services for the Specsavers group. Paul is closely involved with the development of eyecare services at Specsavers and across the wider optical sector through his appointment to a variety of professional, health and educational posts.
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