Laser Cataract Surgery

Laser Cataract Surgery Specialist
If you’ve been experiencing cloudy vision and dull, faded perception of color, you might be suffering from cataracts. While cataracts can cause blindness if left untreated, laser cataract surgery performed by the ophthalmologists at South Shore Eye Care in Wantagh and Massapequa, New York, can actually reverse blindness and restore eyesight. The doctors at South Shore Eye Care are eager to help you regain your vision and stop the progression of cataracts.

Laser Cataract Surgery Q & A

What is a Cataract?

Having a general understanding of the anatomy of your eyes is an important step in understanding cataracts. The clear, dome-shaped lens in the front of your eye is responsible for focusing light (in other words, images) onto your retina at the back of your eye. Your retina translates the image into signals to send to the brain.

A cataract is the clouding of this internal lens, which is common and usually age-related. As the lens clouds, less light is able to pass through and the image isn’t correctly focused.

What Causes Cataracts?

The lens of your eye is comprised of protein and water, which is clear when it’s arranged as it should be. As you age, protein can clump, creating the cloudiness that is a cataract.

Am I at Risk of Developing Cataracts?

No one is immune to cataracts as they affect over half of the population over 80 years of age. However, certain people are at higher risk than others, including those:

  • Who smoke or drink
  • With diabetes and other systemic diseases
  • Whose eyes have been exposed to ultraviolet rays throughout their lives
  • You can limit your risk by wearing protective eyewear outside and refraining from smoking and excessive drinking.

Are Cataracts Dangerous?

No. Cataracts that aren’t impacting your vision generally don’t require treatment until they do.

How are Cataracts Treated?

For early cataracts, your doctor may prescribe eyeglasses or recommend:

  • Magnifying glasses
  • Improved lighting
  • Anti-glare sunglasses

As cataracts progress, these measures may not help improve your vision anymore. If these measures aren’t helping and your cataract is affecting your ability to drive, read, or watch television, cataract surgery is often recommended.

During cataract surgery, a small incision is made in the eye and the cloudy, natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens. This synthetic lens cannot develop cataracts in the future.

How Effective is Cataract Surgery?

All surgeries come with risk and no outcome is guaranteed, but 90% of patients see better after their cataract surgery. The procedure is very common, safe, and effective.

 

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