A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens, the part of the eye responsible for focusing light and producing clear, sharp images. The lens is contained in a sealed bag or capsule. As old lens cells die, they become trapped within the capsule. Over time, the cells accumulate, causing the lens to cloud and making images look blurred or fuzzy. Cataracts are a natural result of the aging process, but may also be caused by diabetes , trauma, or chronic use of steroid medications. Occasionally, they are present at birth.
The most common symptoms of cataracts are a gradual decrease in vision and glare. Usually the decision to remove a cataract is based on the symptoms - once a person can no longer see well enough to do regular activities. Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Using a local anesthetic, an incision is made and the opacified lens is removed. A clear, intraocular lens implant is inserted in its place. After surgery, reading glasses are generally required.
At Ophthalmology Associates of Glen Cove, our Board Certified physicians are trained in performing state of the art cataract surgery. Dr. Girardi performs his cataract sugery at Glen Cove Hospital. In addition, both Dr. Girardi and Dr. Wesson are clinical instructors who train State University of New York Downstate residents in principles and techniques of cataract and laser surgery.