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Are Cataracts Hereditary?

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 For many of our patients at Wang Vision Institute in Nashville, TN, cataracts are a significant concern. A cataract is essentially a clouding of the natural lens in your eye, which can be likened to viewing the world through a fogged-up window. There are numerous factors that can lead to the formation of cataracts, from the natural aging process, over-exposure to UV light, and lifestyle habits such as smoking, to systemic conditions like diabetes and even traumatic injuries to the eye. However, there is another factor that our patients often inquire about — the role of heredity in the development of cataracts. Below, Dr. Ming Wang, a Harvard & MIT graduate who holds a doctorate degree in laser physics, answers some frequent questions about cataracts. 

So, are cataracts actually hereditary? 

There's a common question we encounter at our eye center in Nashville, TN: are cataracts hereditary? While it's true that many different aspects contribute to the onset of cataracts, we cannot dismiss the role that genetics plays. There are certain genetic mutations that research has linked to the occurrence of cataracts. So, if there is a history of cataracts in your family, you may face an increased risk. However, it's important to remember that just because your family has a history of cataracts, it doesn't necessarily mean you're going to develop them. 

What cataract symptoms should you watch out for? 

Early detection of cataracts can lead to more effective treatment options. Therefore, it's crucial to be aware of the symptoms. If you notice any of the following, it could be an indication of cataracts:  

  • Experiencing blurred or dim vision 
  • Finding it increasingly difficult to see well at night 
  • Developing a sensitivity to light and glare 
  • Seeing "halos" around lights 
  • Noticing colors seem faded or yellowed 

How are cataracts treated at our Nashville, TN location? 

There is good news for those worried about cataracts: effective treatments are available. At Wang Vision Institute, we provide top-tier cataract treatment. We offer several techniques for cataract surgery. If you are experiencing any symptoms of cataracts, don't delay seeking help from a Nashville cataract surgeon; prompt treatment can be crucial in maintaining your quality of life. 

Choose Wang Vision Institute for your cataract treatment  

The decision of where to go for your cataract treatment is an important one. With our established record of successful outcomes and dedication to personalized patient care, Wang Vision Institute is a standout choice. Led by highly skilled ophthalmologists, our team employs the most advanced techniques and cutting-edge technology, along with friendly, quality care to ensure you receive the best possible results. 

While genetics can play a role in the development of cataracts, they can also result from a variety of other factors. If you suspect you may be developing cataracts, don't hesitate to seek treatment. Remember, you're not alone — Dr. Ming Wang and the team at Wang Vision Institute in Nashville, TN are here to support you every step of the way. If you are concerned about cataracts or simply want to discuss your eye health, contact us today to book an appointment. Together, we can pave the way to clearer vision.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.