Frequently Asked Questions

6. Are there other types of cataract?

Yes. Although most cataracts are related to aging, there are other types of cataract. These include

  • secondary cataract
  • traumatic cataract
  • congenital cataract
  • radiation cataract.

Secondary cataracts can form after surgery for other eye problems, such as glaucoma. They also can develop in people who have other health problems, such as diabetes. Secondary cataracts are sometimes linked to steroid use.

Traumatic cataracts can develop after an eye injury, sometimes years later.

Some babies are born with cataracts or develop them in childhood, often in both eyes. These congenital cataracts may be so small that they do not affect vision. If they do, the lenses may need to be removed.

Radiation cataracts can develop after exposure to some types of radiation.