Cataracts occur when the protein in your lens begins to clump together. This usually happens due to age. The proteins leave a film or cloudiness in front of your lens, so you no longer see as clearly as you once did. Cataracts affect around 20 million people around the world. Cataracts aren't painful, although not being able to see often causes frustration. And cataract treatment is possible. If you suspect you may be getting cataracts, contact Cornea Consultants of Nashville, TN. Following are the answers to several questions our eye doctor frequently receives regarding cataracts.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What types of cataracts are there? The majority of cataracts are called secondary cataracts because they occur as you age, but even babies can get cataracts (known as congenital cataracts). If you receive an eye injury, you may suffer what are known as traumatic cataracts.
- What are the symptoms of cataracts? One of the main things people notice is blurry vision. You may also notice halos around lights, your eyes being more sensitive to light, not being able to see well at night, and colors looking less vibrant than before.
- How are cataracts diagnosed? When you get an eye exam from an optometrist, he or she uses diagnostic tools to determine certain things about your vision, such as if you have a cataract, and if so, how much it is limiting your vision. Then, cataract treatment can be discussed.
- What's the treatment for cataracts? Because cataracts usually develop very slowly, you may need a
- prescription change at first. As cataracts progress, our eye doctor may suggest cataract surgery, which is very safe and effective.
- Are there side effects of cataract surgery? Some side effects that cataract surgery causes can include blurry vision, dry eye, eye discomfort, and light sensitivity.
- What can I do to prevent cataracts? Wear a hat and sunglasses when outside to help block UV rays.
- When should I see an eye doctor? You should visit an optometrist whenever you notice any changes in your vision.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Eye Doctor for Cataract Treatment in Nashville, TN
At Cornea Consultants of Nashville, we have provided residents of Nashville, TN with cataract treatment for many years. Call us today at (615) 320-7200 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist.