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Cataracts may develop with advancing age or in response to diseases such as diabetes. A cataract appears as a cloudy area in the lens.

Review Date 8/11/2015

Updated by: Franklin W. Lusby, MD, ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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