Senile Cataract (Age-Related Cataract) Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Mar 02, 2021
  • Author: Vicente Victor Dizon Ocampo, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Aside from being age related and due to trauma, cataract formation in adult patients also may be due to chronic uveitis, long-term steroid use, or posterior pole pathologies (eg, intraocular tumor, long-standing retinal detachment).

Differential Diagnoses

  • Diabetic cataract

  • Infrared-induced cataract (true exfoliation)

  • Postsurgical cataract following vitrectomy, corneal transplantation, or glaucoma procedures

  • Radiation therapy–induced cataract (eg, following ocular, facial, or intracranial tumor irradiation)

  • Traumatic Cataract

  • Uveitis cataract