The Cornea & Cataract Consultants team wants our patients to stay informed about their visual health. If you need an ophthalmologist for your eye exam or suspect you may have cataracts, our offices in Nashville, TN, Murfreesboro, TN, or Franklin, TN, are here to help.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are an eye condition that changes your vision significantly. It's common in millions of people. More than half of them have cataract surgery or cataracts. Cataracts happen because the lens inside the eye has gotten cloudy. For clear vision, the lens must be precise.
When cataracts first start, they're tiny and don't cause noticeable symptoms. They will progress and become more prominent over time. This progression can affect a patient's life, as they can do fewer tasks. Their vision will be hazy and blurry, and things may look faded.
Symptoms of Cataracts
While the earliest stages of cataracts don't come with symptoms, patients may soon notice a few changes in their vision. The signs will worsen with time, and you may start having more of the symptoms of cataracts. If your vision changes, you need to see an ophthalmologist to have an eye exam and diagnose the problem.
Your vision may become blurry or cloudy with the progression of the condition. In addition, you might have issues with night vision, and you may have more light sensitivity. As a result, the lights you've been using can look too bright and glaring. Many patients also have double vision.
Cataract Risk Factors
Anyone can develop cataracts, but some people are more prone to development. Cataracts are more likely in middle age and their senior years. Many seniors must live with their cataracts for several years until they get bad enough to warrant cataract surgery.
If you smoke or drink a lot, you have a higher chance of getting cataracts. You are also more likely to develop cataracts if you've had a lot of ultraviolet light exposure or previous eye surgery. There is a genetic component, so a family history also increases your risk.
Visit Our Ophthalmologist for an Eye Exam
You need regular eye exams to check on the progress of your cataracts. Eventually, you may need eye surgery to resolve them. To see the eye doctor for your eye exam and to get eye surgery, Cornea & Cataract Consultants are available in the Nashville, TN, area, including Murfreesboro, TN, and Franklin, TN. Call (615) 320-7200 today.