Host: What causes cataracts?
Dr. Laura D. Cook: Normally, just aging causes cataracts. Every year of age changes the clarity and the consistency of the lens. There are certain other disease processes or conditions that can cause that as well. Diabetes is one, been highly nearsighted is another or high myopia, inflammation inside of the eye, having been on steroids in the past topically, periarticularly Depo shots or even orally can actually accelerate cataract formation.