In the United States, cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in adults who are older than 65.
Cataracts are more common in people who live in sunny areas and less common in children than in older adults.
Some babies (about 1 out of 5,000) are born with cataracts (congenital cataracts) or develop them shortly after birth.2 It is very important to treat cataracts that cause severe vision problems in children younger than 3 months of age. Treatment can help prevent lasting vision loss or blindness.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Carol L. Karp, MD - Ophthalmology|
|Last Revised||August 24, 2011|