Cataract services

The Department of Ophthalmology at the North Shore-LIJ Health System provides the latest in sutureless cataract surgery.  Our surgeons are all board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and fellowship trained.  Our cataract service performs hundreds of cases yearly and uses the latest technology to provide the best visual results for our patients including phacoemulsification and the femtosecond laser cataract surgery.


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.


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


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 be 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.

There are no medicines or eye drops which can be used to rid one of cataracts, only cataract surgery.  Cataracts do not decrease in density over time – they either stay stable or become greater in density.


Once cataracts are visually significant, cataract surgery becomes an option for the patient.  This is an outpatient surgery, usually done under local anesthesia.  The North Shore-LIJ Health System's Ophthalmology Institute offers the latest, sutureless cataract surgery for its patients.  All of its 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 Long Island cataract surgeons provide the latest technology in intraocular lenses during cataract surgery.  At Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital (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.