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What are cataract services?

The human eye is like a camera.  When this lens is clear, it is able to clearly focus rays of light on the retina so that clear images are perceived.  However, with clouding of this lens, or cataract development, the ability to see clearly is negatively impacted.

Oftentimes the first sign that cataracts are becoming visually significant occurs when patients go to update their glasses and find that they are no longer refracted to 20/20 vision. Symptoms which indicate that the cataracts are worsening include glare, especially with night driving, monocular double vision, decreased contrast sensitivity, needing more light to read and difficulty with distance vision.

Cataracts do not decrease in density over time; they either stay stable or become greater in density. There are no medicines or eye drops which can be used to rid one of cataracts, only cataract surgery. The Northwell Health Department of Ophthalmology offers the latest surgical treatment.

Our approach

Once cataracts are visually significant, cataract surgery becomes an option for the patient. This is an outpatient surgery, usually done under local anesthesia. The Northwell Health Department of Ophthalmology offers the latest, sutureless cataract surgery, and we treat hundreds of patients per year. All of our cataract surgeons are board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. In addition, they are all fellowship trained. Surgeries are performed at Syosset Hospital, the Garden City SurgiCenter and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH).

Our surgeons provide the latest technology in intraocular lenses during cataract surgery. At MEETH, our surgeons are one of the first in the New York region to offer Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery. This state-of-the-art technology is used by our surgeons to customize your treatment.

Lenses used include multifocal lenses, which reduce the need for glasses at both distance and near, and Toric lenses, which eliminate or reduce astigmatism. In addition, we offer lenses that are wavefront-optimized for higher quality vision.

Risk factors

Cataracts increase in prevalence over the age of 40.  Risk factors for progression of cataracts include age, certain medication use, UV light, trauma and certain diseases such as diabetes and intraocular inflammation. In addition, in certain individuals genetics plays a factor in accelerating the progression of cataracts.

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