North Shore Eye Care is a leading cataract surgery practice in Long Island New York with locations in Smithtown, Riverhead, Deer Park, and Holbrook. Our board certified cataract experts use the best technology and technique to detect and treat cataracts in Long Island New York. So what is a cataract anyway? A cataract is a natural clouding of the lens of the eye that occurs due to age, certain medications, sunlight overexposure, smoking among other causes. The natural lens of the eye is located behind the colored part of the eye or the iris. The lens of the eye is made up of proteins and other compounds and is optically clear when functioning well. The lens of the eye is attached to the wall of the eye by zonules that are small connective tissue strings that provide support to the lens of the eye. As we age or for other reasons, the lens of the eye can start to harden and change in color. Early cataracts are generally more yellow in nature and that is why most cataract surgery patients note that colors are more vivid without the yellow in the way. Once a lens gets to a certain thickness, it starts to cloud up or opacify. As this happens, patients complain of glare with oncoming headlights at night, glare with sunlight and blurred vision. When the symptoms from the cataract become severe enough, patients usually desire cataract surgery to remove the dysfunctional lens and place a new clear implant to restore vision.
In cataract surgery at North Shore Eye Care in Long Island, patients are able to stay in their own clothes and return home the very same day. We use IV sedations to calm our patient's nerves and eye drops to numb the surface of the eye. Through microscopic incisions, the cataract is removed and a new lens in implanted. There is no pain and the patients only see a bright light. The new intraocular lens implant lens is made of plastic and generally lasts a lifetime. There are several types of implant lenses and patients make that choice along with their cataract surgeon. Some implants allow for only distance vision and patients wear reading glasses. Other implants allow patients to see far and near. These are multifocal or accommodating implants such at Tecnis Multifocal, Restor, and Crystalens. These premium lifestyle implants allow patients to depend on glasses less or not at all. It is best to discuss your options with your eye doctor to decide what is best for you. With these lifestyle implants, sometimes a vision enhancement is needed, but North Shore Eye Care performs this in their own LASIK center at no charge to the patient. That is our way to stand by our results.
If you have cataracts or have been seeing blurred vision or glare, come in to one of our Long Island locations and find out your options.