As we age, most of us (especially over 40 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.
Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world. The longer cataracts are left untreated, the more difficult it can be to successfully remove the cataract and restore vision. Dr. Stewart Shofner specializes in cataract vision correction surgery, eye disease diagnosis and treatment. If your vision has recently changed or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, click or call (615) 340-4733 to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.
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.
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 and unknown factors.
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. 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.