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Q I had a rou­tine eye test this week and my op­ti­cian says I have cataracts de­vel­op­ing in both eyes. I’m not aware of any prob­lems with my vi­sion, but he wants me to go to the hos­pi­tal to see an oph­thal­mol­o­gist, which is wor­ry­ing. Will I need an op­er­a­tion?

A We are not en­tirely sure why cataracts form but they are more com­mon in peo­ple who have rel­a­tives with cataracts and those with di­a­betes or any­one tak­ing long-term steroids. Any pre­vi­ous eye in­jury, smok­ing and too much al­co­hol also in­crease the risk. Your spe­cial­ist will prob­a­bly mon­i­tor you and if the cataracts progress, he/she will of­fer you surgery. As you have them in both eyes, you should also in­form the DVLA.

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