Below are some questions about cataracts that ourÂ New York cataract surgeonÂ frequently addresses. Â If you have further questions about cataract treatment or cataract surgery please contact our office atÂ 855-328-0201Â for more information.
What is a cataract?
AÂ cataractÂ is a cloudiness in the eyeâ€™s crystalline lens. It is the same word as used to describe the cloudiness of water as it runs over rocks in a river.
Where is the eyeâ€™s lens?
The lens is located behind your iris. It is the part of your eye that changes focus to let you see at different distances.
What causes cataracts?
CataractsÂ are caused by changes in the protein of your lens. The exact mechanism is poorly understood, but it is often associated with:
- Exposure to UV or other radiation
- Steroid use
- Eye injury
- Eye disease
- Some types of eye surgery
Cataract riskÂ increases with age. When your cataracts may become vision-threatening is dependent on a number of factors including genetics and your lifestyle.
How can I prevent cataracts?
There is currently no known method for preventingÂ cataracts. However, you may delay your risk by:
- Avoiding sun exposure and when you do go out, wear sunglasses that absorb UV radiation
- Not using tanning booths
- Quitting smoking
- Eating a diet rich in vitamins C and E, especially one that includes green leafy vegetables
- Keeping diabetes under control
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Avoiding the use of steroids
These recommendations continue to be evaluated and are subject to change. OurÂ New York cataract eye surgeonÂ will update them as more research becomes available.
How are cataracts treated?
Cataract surgeryÂ is the only method available for treatment of cataracts. In cataract surgery, your eyeâ€™s natural lens is removed by a cataract surgeon and replaced by an artificial lens.
How can I choose a cataract surgeon?
There are many important factors to consider when choosing aÂ New York cataract surgeon. Among them is your surgeonâ€™s experience and results with the variety of intraocular lenses available today. There are now many options that can help you get the results you desire from cataract surgery, and it is important to work with a cataract surgeon who can help you find the one right for you and give you the results you desire from your cataract surgery.
To learn more about cataracts and cataract surgery, pleaseÂ contactÂ Kelly Laser CenterÂ to schedule a consultation at our New York City cataract surgeon.