Cataract care

The North Shore LIJ Department of Ophthalmology 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.

WHAT ARE CATARCTS?

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. 

WHO GETS CATARCTS?

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.

SYMPTOMS 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.

CATARACT SURGERY

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 Department of Ophthalmology offers the latest, sutureless cataract surgery for its patients.  All of its cataract surgeons including Drs. Carolyn Shih, Anne Steiner, Jules Winokur, and Salman Yousuf are board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.  In addition, they are all fellowship trained.  Surgeries are performed at Syosset Hospital and the Garden City Surgery Center.

Our Long Island cataract surgeons provide the latest technology in intraocular lenses during cataract surgery.  These lenses may enable patients to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses after cataract surgery.  Based on the patient’s visual needs, the shape of the patient’s cornea, and the health of the eye, lenses are carefully selected to produce the best possible results for our patients.

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.

To find out more about cataract surgery or to be evaluated for cataracts call us at (516)470-2022.