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Exploring Your Cataracts Treatment Options

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.

Cataract Symptoms

The first 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.

Surgical Treatment

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.