Cataracts are among the most common vision problems that seniors face, it is estimated that by age 80 more than half of all Americans will have or have had a cataract. A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that affects vision. The lens is the clear part of the eye that helps in focusing light and images on the retina. Normally, light passes through the transparent lens straight to the retina; however, if the lens is cloudy due to a cataract all the light will not reach the retina so the image will be blurred. Since cataracts grow over time the image will become more blurred until it is not visible at all. Cataracts occur when the protein in the eye’s lens starts to clump together blocking the clarity of the lens. Cataract exams in Oceanside NY can spot this disease at an early stage.
Since cataracts tend to grow slowly there are several remedial treatments that can help vision such as changes in vision correction prescriptions, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses or magnifying lenses. Our doctors at Retina Consultants of Long Island will perform cataract exams in Oceanside NY to diagnose cataracts by measuring your visual acuity, performing a dilated eye examination that allows them to look directly into the eye and magnify the lens, retina and other parts and by measuring the pressure in your eye. Ultimately, if the cataract continues to grow refractive cataract surgery in is the best treatment.
Refractive cataract surgery is done by a technique called phacoemulsification. Our doctor will make a small incision on the side of the cornea that covers the eye. An ultrasound probe will blast the lens with sound waves to begin to break it up and the lens will then be removed from the eye. Our doctor will then insert an artificial intraocular lens into the eye. The new lens will function just as the natural lens, actually better since most patients do not need corrective lenses for nearsightedness after the new lens has been placed. The incision that is made is self-sealing so no sutures are needed. . If your vision is blurry and you are affected by glare call our office for an appointment for a cataract exam in Oceanside NY.