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A cataract at your age is certainly not expected and is likely to be due to a secondary cause. Acid reflux or sinus problem are in NO way related to the cataract for sure.
then what can cause my vision problem?
Steroids are known to be cause of cataracts and we need to look into your medical history to know if steroids had been given. Sometimes chronic use of steroid nasal sprays can get absorbed in to the systemic blood circulation and result in the formation of cataract too.
I use Nasonex
Nasonex nasal spray does contain steroid called mometasone furoate.
For how long have you been using the spray>
For how long have you been using the spray?
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I used it a couple of time last year maybe 10 times and I stopped. I told my opthmalogist about it but she said it couldn't affect my vision because it was in my nose and not oral. so I started to use it again twice a day since a month only in my right sinus(the eye that I have cataract) and then I started to use it in my left sinus a week ago.
Certain individuals are known as steroid responders who are more prone for steroid induced glaucoma and cataract. Though the duration of steroid use is relatively less in your case, one cannot deny that it could be a likely cause.
Can this short period of time using Nasonex caused this?
The other cause of cataract could be trauma to the eye.
But you have not given any such history so I guess even that cause is ruled out.
I received many hit in the nose area, enough to see stars, last year but not recently. can this be it? Also I bruise relatively easy.
Considering the fact that you do not have any systemic disease ( which could contribute towards cataract formation)/ take oral medicines / no history of diabetes or trauma, it looks like the steroid nasal spray could have been the triggering /causative factor. No, getting hit on the nose is very very unlikely to be the cause of traumatic cataract unless you have got hit on the eye bang on .
What is a systemic disease?
Systemic diseases means ones which affect the entire body such as diabetes/hypertension.
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What can do to control the cataract?
Cataract once formed can be removed by surgery alone.
Posterior subcapsular cataract(PSC) is the type of cataract which occurs due to steroids. However it can be treated with good surgical outcome with phacoemulsification with IOL.
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