Cataracts in Franklin, TN

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What are Cataracts?

Cataracts are generally a normal part of getting older that begin to appear after 40 years of age when the proteins comprising the lens of the eye often begin to degrade or lump together. The fogginess resulting from cataracts progressively worsens and stops light from arriving at the retina the way it needs to. This fogging ultimately leads to loss of vision, and typically, total blindness if not diagnosed and properly treated in a timely manner. Optometrists Dr. Daxx Dunn, Dr. Marla Weldon, Dr. Kelly Short, and their team are equipped for finding and addressing cataracts in the first stages, as well as in guiding our patients in the best ways for dealing with progressing symptoms. At Family Vision Care, we see people with cataracts nearly daily, as this is a common ocular issue. Cataracts can progress quite slowly so men and women in the primary stages frequently are not even aware of their condition. This condition is a major reason why undergoing in-depth eye exams at least every two years is critical to your overall eye health. In the event surgery is needed to correct your cataract, we are happy to co-manage your care with some of the most reputable cataract surgeons in the Nashville, TN area. Reach out to our Franklin, TN office today to schedule a comprehensive exam, and learn how we can help you manage your symptoms.

How Are Cataracts Treated?

To find out if you have cataracts, we will perform a comprehensive eye exam. Our team is trained on the tests given in an in-depth cataract exam. To begin, we will give you a standard vision test using a familiar eye chart. After that, we may perform a contrast sensitivity test, which is similar to a vision test but establishes how well you can see contrast in images. Then, a slit lamp exam is often conducted where we use a customized microscope to shine a strong but extremely thin “slit” of light into the eye to check its outermost structures. Lastly, we will do the retinal exam and perhaps a potential acuity meter (PAM) exam. Before these tests, widening the pupils using eye drops is necessary. This is critical because it allows the most effective vantage point to examine the entire lens for any areas of cataract. If any are detected, then the potential acuity exam should be done, which measures a patient’s potential vision without the cataract. If it's established you have a cataract, a member of our team will begin to discuss the different approaches to treatment. The treatments for cataracts are always related to the advanced degree of the condition. When cataracts are detected early enough, we are able to help a lot of our patients manage with new prescription glasses or contact lenses. For those patients whose cataracts have advanced, laser or traditional cataract surgery may be necessary. In these cases, we work with a variety of cutting-edge cataract surgeons.

Clarity after Cataracts

Greater Nashville, TN individuals who have any symptoms, such as blurriness, cloudiness, or sensitivity to light, or who haven’t gone in for a comprehensive eye exam in the last two years need to schedule a visit to Family Vision Care. Especially for individuals who are in their 40s, getting comprehensive eye exams at least every two years is very important to finding and treating cataracts, as well as other eye conditions. With a prompt diagnosis, we can recommend an individualized plan to manage your cataracts. For more information, contact Drs. Dunn, Weldon, and Short at our Franklin, TN office.

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