To help with the increasing demand for cataract surgery in part due to the ever increasing number of baby boomers who are now entering medicare the North Shore Eye Care cataract specialists have been joined by Dr. Sonya Dahr. Dr. Dahr recently finished an anterior segment fellowship with Dr. Alan Crandall in Salt Lake City. During her fellowship she received extensive experience and training in both cataract and glaucoma surgery, sometimes combining the two operations when necessary. She is joined at North Shore Eye care by Dr. Sidney Martin who founded the practice in 1961. Since then the practice has grown from a small office building within Dr. Martin's house to a large state of the art, 6000 foot office suite located at 260 Middle Country Road in Smithtown. Additionally we have opened a satellite office in Riverhead to help with the many patients within our practice who live further East.
With five Drs.now offering care to our cataract patients they can be assured that they will be receiving the best possible treatment if surgery should be required. Many patients often wonder when is the best time to consider having this operation. It can be confusing since they hear so many different things not just from their friends, but from their surgeons. We however feel that the decision should not be too complicated. Basically your ready for cataract surgery if your vision is not sufficient to meet your needs. For instance if you drive you'll need 20/40 to pass your motor vehicle test and drive safely. But even with this vision you may be blinded by disabling glare at dawn or dusk as the sun rises or sets. Night driving can also become quite disabling due to street lights or oncoming headlights. Other visual complaints from patients may involve difficulty reading, visualizing the scale on instruments, or even difficulty with sports such as golf. For those fortunate golfers that can still hit a golf ball 200 yards or more following and finding your ball can be a daunting task.
For those young at heart who would like to see better than ever without the use of glasses we offer a wide array of lenses to pick from. For those who wish to see both far and near with reduced need for glasses we offer two different types of lenses, both accommodative and multifocal. These lenses using two different technologies that aid with both near and distant vision. Both of these lenses have slightly different advantages and disadvantages which the Doctors at North Shore Eye Care will be happy to discuss with you. For those who have large amounts of astigmatism these lenses won't be appropriate for you, however toric lenses implanted at the time of surgery will offer excellent vision without the need of distance glasses. Unfortunately, while toric multifocal lenses are available in Europe the FDA has still not approved these wonderful lenses so patient treated with toric lenses will still require reading glasses. For those patients with large astigmatism that still want independence from glasses for both near and far we can offer a dual procedure usually utilizing an accommodative lens at the time of cataract surgery combined with a Lasik procedure to eliminate the remaining astigmatism at a later date.
To help insure the best possible result we rely on diagnostic laser devices such as the Master IOL that insure the lens implanted in your eye is the right strength to give you the best possible vision. We also offer optical coherence tomography to help rule out any retinal pathology that may lead to a suboptimal visual result.
If you have been told that you are suffering from a cataract and are not sure what to do we recommend you come for a consultation and examination. We also offer free monthly seminars. Let us brighten up your day!