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Will Cataracts Naturally Progress With Age?

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When you want to make sure your vision is at its best, schedule an annual comprehensive eye exam at Wang Vision Institute in Nashville, TN. These eye exams help Dr. Ming Wang and Dr. Josh Frenkel detect and diagnose eye problems, such as cataracts. Our doctors can discuss how to keep cataracts from progressing and the best cataract treatment options. We believe that preventive care is most important when it comes to your eye health, including with cataracts.

What are cataracts?

The lens of the eye is responsible for bending light rays that help us see clearly. This light passes through the eye to produce images on our retina. When you have a cataract, your lens is cloudy, which causes blurry vision. As you age, your lens thickens, which makes it harder to see clearly. When you’re experiencing a change in your vision, it’s important to schedule an appointment with our vision specialists at Wang Vision Institute.

What causes cataracts?

Cataracts usually develop from aging, trauma, or an injury. However, genetics can play a role in whether you’re more susceptible to developing cataracts or not. Patients with diabetes or high blood pressure who have used steroids for a long time, have had a past eye surgery, have been exposed to UV rays, or are obese are most likely to develop cataracts.

Symptoms of cataracts

Some of the most common symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Blurry or cloudy vision

  • Difficulty seeing at night

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Seeing glare or halos

  • Double vision

  • Frequent prescription changes

As a cataract grows, it will cloud more of the lens. This makes it important to schedule an appointment when you first notice a vision change.

What is the average cataract age?

Many patients wonder when the average age for developing cataracts is. Our doctors have found that more patients are having cataract surgery at an earlier age than ever before. Most of our patients had cataract surgery before when they couldn’t see with their prescription glasses. However, now, more people are choosing to have cataract surgery earlier in their 40s and 50s, instead of after 60.

Diagnosing and treating cataracts

Our doctors perform thorough eye examinations that determine whether you have a cataract. A visual acuity test measures how well you read letters on an eye chart, which helps us determine your prescription. A slit-lamp examination allows us to detect structures on the front of your eye when it is magnified. This helps us see abnormalities, such as cataracts.

Learn how cataract surgery can improve your vision

At Wang Vision Institute, we offer comprehensive eye exams that detect cataracts and other eye health problems in our patients. When we diagnose a patient with cataracts, we then discuss treatment options available to improve vision and overall quality of life. To schedule an eye exam in Nashville, TN with Dr. Ming Wang and Dr. Josh Frenkel, call our office today.

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