Cataracts are common and affect half of all Americans by age 80. You can live with cataracts for many years, and they often lead to complications. The board-certified retinal specialists at Retina Associates of New York provide expert eye care and specialize in the management of complications of cataracts. These dedicated physicians serve New York City from three locations: Upper East Side, Manhattan; Forest Hills, Queens; and New Rochelle. For the management of your cataracts, call the office nearest you today or request an appointment online.
A cataract refers to a clouding of your lens that causes changes to your vision. Cataracts tend to occur as you age and may affect one eye or both eyes.
Your lens is made up of special proteins that are arranged in such a way to keep your vision clear. As you get older, these proteins clump together to create a clouding effect.
Researchers aren’t certain why this happens, but you may be more at risk of developing cataracts if you have diabetes or a history of smoking.
While cataracts are often associated with aging, there are other potential causes. The various causes are classified by type, and include:
A secondary cataract refers to the clouding of your lens that develops from another cause, such as surgery for glaucoma or diabetes.
Some babies are born with cataracts. These types of cataracts can be tiny and may not affect vision. However, if they do cause vision changes, surgery is recommended.
An injury to your eye may place you at risk of developing a cataract, even years after the incident.
You may also be at risk of cataracts if you’ve had radiation for cancer treatment, which is referred to as a radiation cataract.
Due to the clouding of your normally clear lens, the primary complication of your cataracts is the effect on your vision. Some of the vision changes you may experience with a cataract include:
If your cataract is in the early stages, you may be able to correct the vision changes with prescription eyewear. But as the clouding progresses, you may require cataract surgery to remove the clouded lens.
Surgery is the only treatment for cataracts. However, your physician at Retina Associates of New York only recommends surgery when your vision changes are altering your quality of life.
During the procedure, your provider removes your clouded lens and replaces it with an artificial one.Cataract surgery is common. While risks are minimal, the procedure may increase your risk of a retinal detachment, which is when your retina lifts away from the back of your eye.
For management of the complications of cataracts, call Retina Associates of New York today or request an appointment online.