What are Cataracts? in Nashville, TN
Cataracts are a common eye problem that can lead to complications, up to and including blindness. Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, of Vision for Life explains what cataracts are to his patients and provides treatment for the residents of Nashville, Brentwood, Bellevue and the surrounding communities of Tennessee.
What are Cataracts?
Your eye works by allowing images into your eye and focusing them in the back of the eye, known as the “retina.” When we are born, the lens of the eye is clear, so the images enter the eye without any type of distortion. As we get older, though, the lens starts to cloud and loses flexibility. The clouding degrades the image as it passes into the eye. The loss of flexibility interferes with the ability to focus on objects at various distances.
What Causes Cataracts?
Cataracts are part of the natural aging process, and the condition most often develops in men and women who are over 60 years old. You cannot prevent cataracts, and family history plays an important role in determining your risk for developing cataracts.
What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
The symptoms of cataracts are different for each patient. The most common symptoms are:
- Blurry vision
- Colors appear dull
- Halos around lights
- Poor night vision
- Difficulty performing tasks on low light
- Double vision
- Frequent changes to your eyeglass or contact lens prescription
The symptoms of cataracts develop gradually, so the best way to identify the problem early is to have annual eye exams by an experienced optometrist or ophthalmologist.
What Can I Do About My Cataracts?
Cataracts can only be treated with surgery to replace the lens of the eye. Dr. Horn recommends surgery when the cataracts degrade vision to the point where you are impaired in performing your daily activities.
What Can Happen If I Do Not Treat My Cataracts?
The lens of your eye will continue to cloud and lose flexibility. You may eventually lose your eyesight.
How Much Does Cataract Treatment Cost in Nashville?
The cost of your cataract treatment should be covered by your vision and medical insurance. We accept cash, check and major credit cards, including Visa®, MasterCard®, and American Express®, for your out-of-pocket costs, such as a co-payment, deductible and co-insurance, and any other remaining balance. Financing is available through Alphaeon™ Credit and CareCredit®.
After you review the basic information about cataracts, we will help you know if you are a good candidate for cataract treatment. At Vision for Life, our ophthalmologist, Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, offers cataract treatment for the residents of Nashville, Murfreesboro and the surrounding communities of Tennessee. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!