According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), the number of cataract cases in the United States rose 20 percent (from 20.5 to 24.4 million) between 2000 and 2010. The NEI is expecting those rates to continue increasing and predict ~50 million cataract diagnoses by 2050.
Age-related cataracts are typically found in people over the age of 40. When the body ages, the eyes age as well. The lens of the eye is primarily composed of water and protein, but over time, proteins in the eye may start clumping together to form what we call “cataracts.