How fast does a cataract develop?

American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart
American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart
How quickly the cataract develops varies among individuals and may even be different between the two eyes. Most age-related cataracts progress gradually over a period of years.

Other cataracts, especially in younger people and people with diabetes, may progress rapidly over a short time. It is not possible to predict exactly how fast cataracts will develop in any given person.
Dr. Wayne Bizer
Dr. Wayne Bizer on behalf of American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart
Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist)
There is no way to predict how rapidly a cataract will develop. There are  many kinds of cataracts, and they can develop very slowly or progress rapidly. Usually, if one can determine their speed of development in the past few years, an educated guess can be made as to how rapidly they will develop over the next few years. There is no guarantee that the speed of cataract development will not increase or decrease in the future.

Your ophthalmologist, Eye M.D., will be happy to provide you with his best estimate during your comprehensive eye examination.

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