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There are several different types of cataracts, such as congenital and secondary cataracts. Most people with the condition have what's known as an age-related cataract. Other forms of cataracts include traumatic and radiation cataracts.

Cataract Types: An Overview

Although most cataracts are related to aging (age-related cataract), there are other cataract types. Some of these include:
  • Secondary cataract
  • Traumatic cataract
  • Congenital cataract
  • Radiation cataract.

Secondary Cataracts

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

Traumatic Cataracts

A traumatic cataract can develop after an eye injury, sometimes years later.

Congenital Cataracts

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

Radiation cataracts -- as you might expect -- can develop after exposure to certain types of radiation.
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