Cataract Treatment for the Greater Buffalo, NY Area
You are born with a beautiful and clear natural lens inside of your eye. Much like a camera lens, this crystalline lens has the ability to alter its power in order to focus on objects at varying distances. Over several decades, the crystalline lens becomes cloudy and rigid, losing its ability to focus on near targets – a condition known as presbyopia, which is treated with the use of reading glasses. From then on, the lens is called a cataract and gradually becomes more opaque until it causes symptoms that are bothersome to the patient, such as a decrease in vision or glare at night (especially with driving). At this stage it is reasonable to consider cataract surgery to improve the vision, decrease glare, and reduce dependence on glasses. Unless treated, a cataract will progressively worsen with time.
If you have cataracts, you are one of millions of people in the United States with the same condition. In fact, more than 50% of Americans over the age of 60 have cataracts. In most cases, the exact cause of cataracts is not known. Most experts agree that cataracts are a normal and expected consequence of the natural aging process. Cataracts also may develop as a result of eye injury, certain medications such as steroids, illnesses such as diabetes, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light, poor nutrition, and smoking.
Our doctors and staff will perform a series of tests in order to diagnose a cataract and create a customized eye surgery plan. A dilated eye exam will be performed to examine the condition of the lens and other parts of the eye. Our doctors may also perform tonometry, a procedure that measures the pressure in the eye, as some cataracts can actually cause high eye pressure and lead to glaucoma. If you've been experiencing blurred vision, dry eyes, or other issues, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to see if a cataract surgery is right for you. During your procedure, we'll place either monofocal or multifocal lenses to improve your vision. We're proud to perform cataract surgery procedures for patients throughout Buffalo, Amherst, Williamsville, Orchard Park, North Tonawanda, Cheektowaga, West Seneca, Hamburg, East Aurora, and Clarence, NY.