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August is Cataracts Awareness Month: Book your Eye Exam in Clarksville Today

Many adults don't know that cataracts are the number one cause of blindness for those over the age of 54. In fact, more than 50% of senior citizens have some amount of cataract development.

What are cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's clear lens. The clouding inhibits the transmission of light that is essential for eyesight.

How do I know I have cataracts?

Cataracts are sometimes brushed off as normal age-related vision decline, however there are some characteristics that set them apart. Depending on the type of cataract, you may experience blurred vision, increased glare from sun light or artificial light or a decrease in the brightness of color. Some cataracts are completely asymptomatic until they are more advanced while others may even show signs of a temporary improvement in near vision called ''second sight''.

Cataract derives from the Latin cataracta defined as ''waterfall''. This may be because the appearance of opaque clouds in the lens is similar to the white cloudy rapids seen in a waterfall. Senile cataracts, which occur in the elderly typically are characterized by an initial opacity in the lens, followed by swelling and shrinkage of the lens leading to a complete opacity and blindness.

Cataract Prevention and Treatment

There is no certain way to prevent cataracts but some say that reducing ultraviolet exposure your eyes from UV rays by wearing sunglasses can reduce cataract development. Some studies suggest that taking antioxidants and reduced salt consumption may also prevent development.

During the beginning stages, eyeglasses can be used to correct loss of sight, however, eventually vision will likely be impaired to a level to require surgical treatment. Surgery for cataracts is in fact the most common surgery in the US and is usually a success. Generally, the doctor removes the opaque lens and replaces it with what is called an intraocular lens (IOL) made of plastic. In nine out of 10 patients, nearly perfect vision is achieved.

If you are 40 or over you should schedule a yearly eye exam to check for signs of eye diseases such as cataracts. Contact our Clarksville, IN eye practice today to book your exam.


Our office will be opening on Monday, May 18th. We will be following all CDC guidelines as well as those recommended by our National and State Organizations including the KOA and AOA as well as the Governor of Kentucky. We will be adding to our protocol to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. Due to the recommendations, we are following, all patients will need to call from the parking lot when they arrive. We will ask you if you are running a fever, or have symptoms of COVID-19. We may even take your temperature to keep for our records. We will ask that you remain in your car until we notify you to come to our office.

All patients entering the building must wear a mask or face covering.

We ask for your patience over the next few months as we work to get our patients rescheduled that had to be canceled during the closure. We will not be working at full capacity for some time and realize this will most likely cause delays in getting people rescheduled. We will also not be taking walk-in patients and ask that you please call if you need to be seen to set up an appointment. Please know that we are doing everything we can to take care of our patients during these difficult times.

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If you do not know your current prescription, please email us at or call us at 859-271-6194.
If you have insurance you would like to use, you will need to call us and we will be happy to place the order for you and submit it to your insurance.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all soon,

Dr. Jason Glenn and Staff