Cataracts occur when a buildup of protein in the lens of the eye results
in a progressive clouding of the lens. This clouding blocks light from
entering the eye, which can drastically impair your vision. If cataracts
are left untreated, they can eventually result in blindness. Visit an
ophthalmologist near New York at the first sign of cataracts to discuss your treatment options.
symptom of cataracts is often a sudden change in your eyeglasses prescription or progressive
nearsightedness. You may also have an increased sensitivity to light glare,
and may suffer from double vision. As your cataracts advance, you will
notice that the way you see color changes, as the cataracts act as a filter
over the lens of your eye. Your vision can also become cloudy, blurry, or filmy.
Treatment Through Vision Correction
In some cases, cataract symptoms may be lessened through vision correction.
Your eye doctor or ophthalmologist may choose this treatment method first
to try to avoid using surgical treatment. Your ophthalmologist will change
the prescription of your eyeglasses, contact lenses, or bifocals to correct
your vision. If your symptoms become worse and you suffer from further
vision loss that affects the quality of your life, your ophthalmologist
may recommend eye cataract surgery.
Surgery is the most common treatment for cataracts, and it is very successful.
Your ophthalmologist will remove the clouded lens from your eye, and replace
it with a clear, artificial lens. The surgery is an outpatient procedure
that is performed with local anesthesia. The surgery takes less than an
hour, and is performed on only one eye at a time. If you have cataracts
in both of your eyes, your ophthalmologist will schedule a second surgery
a few weeks after your first one.
If you believe that you are suffering from cataracts and would like to
consult an ophthalmologist near New York, visit the office of Mark Hornfeld,
MD. Dr. Hornfeld has years of experience performing
cataract surgery and other corrective eye surgeries. Contact our office at (646) 350-3391 to set up an appointment.