Cataracts in children do occur, despite the fact that they are most commonly the result of ageing and thus affect older people. Childhood cataracts are reported to affect 1 to 15 children out of every 10,000.
Untreated cataracts can have long-term effects on a child's vision, interfering with visual development due to an immature and developing brain. This is why, in some cases, a paediatric eye specialist may recommend paediatric cataract surgery. If you suspect your baby or child has cataracts, an eye specialist for children can advise you on what to do next. Dr Swati Sinkar is a highly skilled paediatric ophthalmologist who specialises in cataract surgery.