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Cataracts

Raphael E Rosenbaum, MD

Ophthalmologist & Uveitis Specialist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY; Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY; New Rochelle, NY; and Forest Hills, NY

Nearly 25 million people over the age of 40 in the United States have developed cataracts, and the condition strikes half of Americans over the age of 75. Thankfully, cataracts are highly treatable with the right eye care team in your corner, such as the one under the guidance of Raphael E. Rosenbaum, MD. If your vision is affected by cataracts, call one of the four New York locations — in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New Rochelle, and Forest Hills. You can also use the online scheduler to set up an appointment.

Cataracts Q & A

What are cataracts?

For such small organs, your eyes are incredibly complex, relying on several layers that receive, focus, and refract light in order to send the correct information to your brain to create an image. One of the first points of entry for the light is through your lens, which is located behind your iris. Your lens receives and focuses the light and then sends it on to your retina.

A cataract is a problem with your lens, which becomes cloudy, rendering it unable to focus the light that passes through properly. Often, cataracts develop with age as the cells in your lenses begin to thicken and clump together. While age is the most common cause of cataracts, they can also develop on the heels of injury, steroid use, ocular inflammation, uveitis, and diabetes.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Cataracts are progressive, and the most common symptoms include increasing problems with:

  • Night vision
  • Cloudy or blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Double vision in one of your eyes
  • Halos that form around lighted objects

At the first signs of trouble with any of these symptoms above, you’d do well to get in to see Dr. Rosenbaum for early detection and treatment.

How are cataracts diagnosed?

Dr. Rosenbaum and his team perform several tests to check whether cataracts are developing in your lenses, including:

  • Visual acuity tests
  • A retinal exam
  • A slit-lamp exam

These tests are relatively painless and allow your doctor to assess whether you may be developing cataracts.

How is a cataract treated?

Modern cataract treatment is extremely effective in remedying the condition and preventing vision loss. Dr. Rosenbaum and his team evaluate the extent of your cataract to come up with the best solution for your unique situation and goals, which may include laser-assisted cataract surgery, also known as femtosecond laser surgery with the CATALYS® Precision Laser System or by using premium lenses such as AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR®, TECNIS® Multifocal, or TECNIS Symfony® lenses.

Whether they remove your cataract or supply you with a new lens that allows you to see more clearly, the treatments for cataracts with Dr. Rosenbaum have helped scores of patients have better vision.

To learn more about your options in treating cataracts, please call the office nearest you or use the online booking feature.