Do Cataracts Cause Cancer?
Do Cataracts Cause Cancer

One question that sometimes arises when discussing cataracts is whether they can lead to cancer. Let’s clear up any misunderstandings around this topic.

What are Cataracts?

Cataracts develop when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy, resulting in blurred or distorted vision. This condition is mostly age-related but can also be influenced by other factors such as smoking, diabetes, and UV light exposure.

The Relationship Between Cataracts and Cancer

It’s important to clarify that cataracts do not cause cancer. Cataracts and cancer are two entirely different medical conditions. Cataracts affect the lens of the eye, leading to vision problems, while cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells that can occur in various parts of the body, including the eye. However, they are not directly linked.

Why The Question Arises

Sometimes, people may worry that a sudden change in vision could be a sign of a serious condition like cancer. While it’s important to consult your eye doctor (ophthalmologist) for any vision issues, having cataracts does not mean you have or will get cancer.

Consult Your Eye Doctor (Ophthalmologist)

If you have concerns about cataracts, cancer, or any other eye-related issues, the most reliable course of action is to consult with an ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye examination and professional advice.Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the guidance of your ophthalmologist or other qualified health professional with any questions or concerns you may have about our eyesight. The most reliable advice is obtained through a consultation and inspection from a medical specialist.


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