At Brook Plaza Ophthalmology, we diagnose and treat eye diseases including cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eyes, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal degeneration. Our Flatlands eye doctors offer refractive cataract surgery, glaucoma computer diagnosis, as well as removal of foreign matter from the eye. Additionally, we provide optical services, including eye exams, computerized testing, and optical dispensing.
All of our eyes have a normally clear lens over them, which is imperative to clear and focused sight. A cataract is caused by the clouding of the lens in the eye. Your vision will become cloudy and impaired, eventually degrading the quality of your vision so much that it negatively impacts everyday activities. There are a few causes of cataracts, including genetic inheritance of enzyme defects, an infection while in the womb, or the alteration of lens proteins that are responsible for maintaining clarity. Additionally, severe injuries to the eye can cause cataracts to form, as well as overexposure to oxidation stresses like UV radiation or toxic chemicals. Most cataracts develop slowly, some processes taking twenty plus years for the effects to be noticeable. At first, stronger lighting and prescription glasses can help deal with cataracts, but these prescriptions will change frequently. At some point, you might need cataract surgery at Brook Plaza Ophthalmology, a very safe and effective procedure that removes the lens material and replacing it with an intraocular lens.
Cataract surgery at Brook Plaza Ophthalmology involves the removal of the cloudy lens and the implantation of an artificial lens. The current technique for cataract surgery is called phacoemulsification (ultrasound) through a small incision. Since a self-sealing small incision is used, it does not require suture closure, thus the term “no stitch cataract surgery.” The entire process is completed in less than ½ hour and is performed under local anesthesia. Cataract Surgery is the most common surgery for Americans over the age of 65. Our Flatlands eye surgeons are board-certified and fellowship-trained and are specifically skilled in removing cataracts, and are also experienced in the recognition and treatment of complications of cataract surgery.
Cataracts present themselves with the following symptoms: frustration from bright lights, difficulty driving at nighttime, increased eyestrain, double vision, blurry or fuzzy vision, yellowing or fading colors, and frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, come to Brook Plaza Ophthalmology for an eye exam. Cataracts are very easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye examination using a slit lamp to examine the inner and outer structures of the eye. A beam of light will shine into your eye and your eye doctor can check your lens opacity.