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According to the National Eye Institute, over half of all Americans will develop one or more cataracts by the age of 80. Cataracts are one of the most common age-related eye problems, commonly occurring in older adults and seniors. However, cataracts can technically develop at any age. You can develop a cataract in one or both eyes, and treatment will depend on the severity and whether they are affecting your vision and quality of life. Dr. Christopher Coad MD, FACS, at Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology in New York, NY offers a number of treatment options, including cataract surgery, to help you see the world with clarity.
Cataract Surgery and Treatment in New York
Christopher T. Coad, MD, FACS is a board-certified ophthalmologist and founder of Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology. As a leader in laser and cataract procedures, Dr. Coad is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.). He has performed thousands of cataract and premium IOL procedures with a high success rate. Dr. Coad has been featured on TV, radio and in the press for his outstanding work and has been recognized by his peers as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and a New York Super Doctor.
What are cataracts?
Inside our eyes, we have a natural lens. This lens bends (refracts) the light rays that come into the eye which helps us to see the world. The lens should be clear, but a cataract is when the lens in one or both eyes becomes cloudy.
There are a few different types of cataracts, and while they can range in severity, cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss and blindness around the world. Cataracts commonly start developing in adults over the age of 40. Once the lens has become cloudy, it can seem like you are looking through a dusty or foggy window. The world will then start to appear blurry or hazy.
Types of cataracts:
- Subcapsular cataract (develops on the back of the lens)
- Cortical cataract (develops on the periphery of the lens and move towards the center)
- Nuclear cataract (develops in the center of the lens in the nucleus)
In the early stages of cataract formation, you may not be aware that you have cataracts because they are typically small at first and grow larger over time. One of the most common symptoms is blurred or cloudy vision, but the symptoms may vary depending on the type of cataract that you have. Other symptoms include:
- Double vision
- Hypersensitivity to light
- Trouble seeing at night
- Distorted vision
- Colors appear faded and duller
If your cataracts are not impairing your vision or causing symptoms, you may not require treatment until your vision is affected. Cataracts can be removed through an outpatient surgery, which involves removing the natural lens and replacing it with an implant.
For more information about cataract surgery and treatment for vision problems, contact Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology in New York, NY by calling (212)-220-0066 to schedule an appointment today!
Learn about common eye problems from your New York ophthalmologists.
Are you familiar with common eye conditions? Dr. Christopher Coad and Dr. James Kirszrot, ophthalmologists in New York, NY at Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology, share information on several eye conditions and diseases and discuss treatment methods.
Commonly called "pink eye," conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which forms the white part of the eye and lines the eyelids. Symptoms of conjunctivitis include redness, itching, burning, swollen eyelids, sensitivity to light and tearing. Although the viral form of conjunctivitis will get better on its own, you'll need to use prescription antibiotic drops if you have bacterial conjunctivitis.
Have you ever watched cobwebs or strings float across your field of vision? These spots, called floaters, are more common as you grow older. The vitreous, a gel-like material that fills the center of your eye, gradually shrinks with age. When it does, small strings occasionally detach and float through your eye. In most cases, floaters are harmless and don't need treatment. If you suddenly notice many floaters, call your ophthalmologist immediately. A dramatic increase in floaters can be a sign of a retinal detachment.
Cataracts cloud the clear lens in your eye, affecting your focusing ability. If you have cataracts, you may notice:
- Decreased color intensity
- Blurry vision
- Hazy vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty with your vision at night
Cataracts are removed and replaced with artificial lenses when they begin to significantly interfere with your vision.
Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that can lead to blindness. Because the disease often has no symptoms initially, you may not realize that anything is wrong until you experience loss of vision. Glaucoma damages your vision by increasing the pressure inside your eye. Glaucoma tests, part of your annual eye exam, are essential screening tools that can help you avoid permanent vision loss. If you do develop glaucoma, medication can help prevent your condition from worsening.
The acute form of glaucoma can develop very suddenly. In some cases, it may seem as if a curtain has dropped in front of your eye. You may also experience severe eye pain or headache, rainbow halos around lights, nausea and blurred vision. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your ophthalmologist immediately or go to the emergency room.
Your ophthalmologist offers treatments that can help you manage many common eye conditions and diseases. To schedule your ophthalmology appointment, call Dr. Coad and Dr. Kirszrot at Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology, in New York, NY, at (212) 220-0066.