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What is a Cataract?


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With a clear normal lens, the images are focused clearly on the retina and vision is sharp. With a cataract, the lens is cloudy, causing the image to become blurred and yellowed. Vision is hazy and colors become faded.

Over fifty percent of people over the age of 60 and quite a few younger than that suffer from cataracts. A cataract is a progressive clouding of eye’s natural lens that interferes with light passing through the retina. Sufferers usually describe the condition as being similar to looking through a waterfall, or a piece of wax paper, with a gradual blurring or dimming of vision. Reading may become more difficult and driving a car can actually become dangerous. Cataract sufferers may also be troubled by bothersome glare, halos around lights, or even double vision. Currently, there is not treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Once they form, the only way to achieve clear vision again is to physically remove the cataract from the eye.

The “No Needle No Stitch” surgery is performed on an outpatient basis at our modern state of the art Eye Surgery Center of Westchester and most people return to work within one to three days. As with any surgical procedure, individual results cannot be guaranteed and side effects and complications may occur. We offer free Cataract consultations. Contact us at 914-636-3600 to set your appointment.