Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the eye commonly caused by aging, diabetes, medication use, or even trauma. Symptoms of cataracts include increased glare, difficulty reading or seeing at distance despite using glasses, monocular double vision, or decreased contrast sensitivity, especially at night or when it is raining.
Visual clarity is restored using cataract surgery, an ambulatory surgery under local sedation. Sutureless cataract surgery or “phacoemulsification” is used to remove the cataract, and a new clear lens is placed to provide improved visual acuity. Femtosecond or “laser” cataract surgery is available at the Garden City Surgery Center as well as a variety of lenses which can result in reducing dependence on glasses after cataract surgery; these lenses come in a monofocal or multifocal option depending on the patient’s preferences for becoming spectacle-free after their cataract surgery. Options for reducing astigmatism for patients during cataract surgery are also available and include specialty Toric lenses or using the laser cataract surgery machine. Our cataract surgeons provide the latest technology in surgical equipment and intraocular lenses during cataract surgery.