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Is Poor Night Vision An Early Sign of Cataracts?

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A cataract can cause cloudy vision as it affects the lens, which is responsible for focusing light onto the retina. This leads to clearer vision. When you have a cataract, it can be difficult to drive, read, or do basic daily tasks. Cataracts usually develop from aging or injury, which causes tissue changes on the lens. Most cataracts develop slowly, meaning that having a regular eye exam at Wang Vision Institute allows Dr. Ming Wang or Dr. Josh Frenkel to detect changes to your vision early. When cataracts are caught early, your chances of developing cataract blindness lessen. We also offer cataract surgery to our patients in Nashville, TN who want to improve their cataract vision symptoms.

What are the early signs of cataracts?

Some common symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Poor night vision

  • Light sensitivity

  • Seeing halos around lights

  • Double vision in one or both eyes

Most of the time, this cloudy vision only affects part of the eye. As it grows, it will continue to cloud more of the lens, leading to worsening vision. At Wang Vision Institute, our doctors suggest that our patients schedule an appointment whenever they notice any change in their vision.

How do cataracts affect vision?

As you age, your lens becomes less transparent and thicker. When a cataract develops, clouding occurs on the lens, which blocks light as it passes through your lens. This leads to blurry or cloudy vision. This is what leads to poor night vision as this clouding requires a brighter light, which you don’t have at night. Ultimately, driving at night can become dangerous. Having your cataracts removed and replaced with an intraocular lens helps restore night vision best.

How long before cataracts cause you to go blind?

At Wang Vision Institute, we have learned that cataract development varies from patient to patient. It can depend on the cause of your cataracts. This is what makes it important to visit our Nashville, TN office regularly whenever you have changes with your vision or when you have been diagnosed with cataracts and want to track their progression.

What happens when cataracts go untreated?

Cataracts worsen over time, which can decrease your quality of life and make daily tasks hard. When left untreated, cataracts can lead to total blindness when ignored. According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are the number one cause of blindness globally. These cataracts progress at different rates, which makes postponing cataract surgery extremely risky. If your cataract is caused by aging and not an illness or injury, then it is more likely to progress slowly. When your eyes aren’t cared for well, your cataract progresses faster.

Learn about cataract treatment near me in Nashville, TN

When you’re experiencing any changes with your vision, it’s important to schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Wang Vision Institute. Dr. Ming Wang and Dr. Josh Frenkel help treat cataracts in men and women throughout Nashville, TN. With an early diagnosis, they can create a personalized treatment plan that helps you treat your cataracts and resolve changes to your vision.

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