What is a cataract? What to look for?

Posted on Mar 19 2010 by John Mauro

A cataract is a clouding the lens of the eye which, when were born is normally transparent. This clouding is usually caused by protein build up which makes up the lens begins to discolor and affect vision. The word “cataract” translates to “waterfall” and in early times it was said that people described there vision as if they were looking through a waterfall. When in the early stages, a cataract is usually mild and may only affect a portion of the lens. However,as the cataract grows larger it can make it tougher to  see.  Cataracts are like wrinkles in the skin, unfortunately as we get older, there inevitable and develop in both eyes.

There are several theories that exist that can cause cataracts including: smoking, diabetes, excessive exposure to sunlight, steroid use and certain other medications. The typical symptoms that may occur (blurry vision, glare around  lights at night, haloes, colors losing there contrast and increased nearsightedness. The increased nearsightedness is also cause a temporary improvement in close-up vision, but likely to worsen as the cataract continues to grow. Since cataracts tend to progress slowly, your vision changes are subtle and you may not notice any changes in your vision at first. When you see your eye doctor, a complete medical history and eye examination is necessary, which involves dilating your pupil to visualize the cataracts and the retina. 

At North Shore Eye Care, we specialize in patients with all types of cataracts. Dr. Sidney Martin has been practicing ophthalmology for the past 50 years, Dr Lawrence Zweibel, Dr. Jeffrey Martin and Dr. John Mauro all perform cataract surgery. All of our physicians here at North Shore Eye care are fully board certified. If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and would like our opinion, please feel free to schedule a consultation with our staff.  In Long Island in Nassau and Suffolk county, we see patients from  huntington, commack, northport, centerport, greenlawn, dix hills, melville, deer park, plainview, woodbury, syosset, bethpage, bay shore, babylon, farmingdale, farmingville, massapequa, lindenhurst, sayville, islip, islandia, hauppauge, lake grove, bohemia, ronkonkoma, holtsville, holbrook, smithtown, nesconset, saint james, kings park, fort salonga, centereach, selden, coram, middle island, riverhead, ridge, mastic, moriches, yaphank, shirley, manorville, bellport, bayport, brookhaven, calverton, stony brook, setauket, port jefferson, shoreham, wading river, miller place, mt sinai, rocky point, jamesport, cutchogue, mattituck, southold, westhampton, eastport, southhampton, east hampton, hampton bays sag harbor, montauk, new york city, queens, brooklyn and many other towns.

 

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