Cataract

As we age, most of us (especially over 50 years old), have more difficulty seeing, especially at night and when reading.  Although LASIK vision correction surgery improves your vision, the problem might be cataracts.  But don't be alarmed, cataract surgery is very safe and opens up a world of possibilities to see better.

Your vision can improve dramatically after cataract surgery. Dr. Shofner, Nashville's top cataract surgeon, has performed more than 10,000 cataract surgeries. Dr. Shofner is also known as Middle Tennessee's most trusted eye surgeon. Contact Shofner Vision Center for your No Fear - No Pressure Evaluation today!Contact Shofner Vision Center Today

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. It can be compared to a window that is frosted or yellowed.  The amount and pattern of cloudiness within the lens can vary. If the cloudiness is not near the center of the lens, you may not be aware that a cataract is present. Additional information for those that have impaired vision and over 50 years old.

What is a cataract by Shofner 

Cataract Misconceptions

There are many misconceptions about cataract. Cataract is NOT:

  • a film over the eye
  • caused by overusing the eyes
  • spread from one eye to the other
  • a cause of irreversible blindness

    Common Cataract Symptoms Include:

    • a painless blurring of vision
    • glare, or light sensitivity
    • poor night vision
    • double vision in one eye
    • needing brighter light to read
    • fading or yellowing of colors

      Contact us if you have any of the above symptoms.

      What Causes a Cataract?

      The most common type of cataract is related to aging of the eye. Other causes of cataract include:

      • family history
      • medical problems, such as diabetes
      • injury to the eye
      • medication, especially steroids
      • radiation
      • long-term, unprotected exposure to sunlight
      • previous eye surgery
      • unknown factors

      Cataract Progression

      Cataract Develop by Shofner 

      How quickly the cataract develops varies among individuals and may even be different between the two eyes. Most age-related cataracts progress gradually over a period of years. Read More if you are over 50 years old.

      Other cataracts, especially in younger people and people with diabetes, may progress rapidly over a short time. It is not possible to predict exactly how fast cataracts will develop any given person.

      Cataract Treatment

      Cataracts are treated by Surgery. Cataract surgery is the only way a cataract can be removed. However, if symptoms of cataract are not bothering you very much, surgery may not be needed. Sometimes a simple change in your eyeglass prescription may be helpful.

      No medications, dietary supplements or exercises have been shown to prevent or cure cataracts. Have specific questions about Cataract Surgery or need to schedule a consultation? Call us at 615.340.4733 or send us an email today.