Ask the doctor
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.