The mere mention of cataracts can often ignite worry, and rightly so since cataracts can contribute to vision issues such as blurry vision, double vision, faded colors, and glare and light sensitivity.
However, our team at Bainbridge Eye Care believes in staying positive on even the most seemingly negative aspects of eye health. Led by experienced professionals, Nicanor Lacsina, O.D., or Yelena Pinkhasova, O.D, Bainbridge Eye Care has been a beacon of eye care and excellence in the Norwood neighborhood of Bronx, New York City for over 20 years.
Below, the Bainbridge Eye Care team highlights all the positive aspects about having cataracts.
See life differently through experienced eyes
With a legacy spanning over two decades, Bainbridge Eye Care has been dedicated to providing exceptional vision care. Dr. Nicanor Lacsina, O.D., has over 16 years of experience diagnosing and treating cataracts. Dr. Lacsina takes a comprehensive approach to eye care, addressing your eye health and the potential positive impacts of specific conditions like cataracts.
A new perspective on cataracts
Cataracts, often associated with blurriness and reduced vision, might have a silver lining. As you age, the lenses in your eyes gradually become less transparent and may form the tell-tale cloudy lenses associated with cataracts. While this might seem like an unwelcome development, there are some unexpected benefits to having cataracts that are worth exploring.
1. A renewed appreciation for color perception
Believe it or not, cataracts can temporarily alter how we perceive colors. Some individuals report experiencing a warmer color palette as the cataract begins to form, while others may describe it as a more yellow or brown tint. This unique perspective on colors can lead to a newfound appreciation for the beauty around you, even as the colors start to fade.
Another plus: cataract surgery has a positive impact on color perception and can restore your ability to distinguish colors.
2. Managing glare sensitivity
Cataracts can contribute to light sensitivity. You might notice halos around bright lights. Not only can light sensitivity be uncomfortable, but it also poses issues while driving. The good news here is that light sensitivity and glares can be managed. The Bainbridge Eye Care team provides insights into managing this glare reduction to make outdoor activities more comfortable.
To effectively cope with cataracts and reduce glare, take proactive steps to limit the amount of light entering the eye. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and choose tinted glasses or sunglasses with a UV filter to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays.
3. Cataracts encourage you to embrace a slower pace
Driving at night can be difficult when you have cataracts, which, on the other hand, allows a more relaxed approach to daily activities and a break from overbooking your social schedule. Alternatively, cataracts provide an excuse to skip driving in New York City traffic and treat yourself to a ride-share service if you do want to go out.
4. A chance to prioritize your eye health
Perhaps the most significant positive aspect of cataracts is the opportunity they present to prioritize eye health. Regular eye examinations become essential during this phase of life. Dr. Lacsina and Dr. Pinkhasova can help develop a deeper understanding of your eye health and how to preserve it for years.
5. Treatment is available
Although cataracts can help you shift your mindset, learn to appreciate colors, and take a moment to enjoy a slower pace of life. The best news for cataracts is that surgery can treat them.
6. You might not need to wear your glasses as often
During cataract removal, your Bainbridge Eye Care surgeon removes your clouded eye lens and replaces it with an intraocular lens (IOL). Depending on your needs, your IOL can also correct:
- Near vision
- Distance vision
- A combination of refractive errors
Because your lenses are vital for clear vision, replacing your cloudy lens with a premium IOL can help you see even without your glasses. For example, multifocal IOLs provide clear vision at multiple distances, and toric lenses correct astigmatism. In other words, cataract surgery doesn’t just remove your cloudy lenses, but can also help you see better without your glasses.
7. You’re never alone on this journey
At Bainbridge Eye Care, we look at the brighter side of every situation, even with eye health. If you or a loved one are experiencing the effects of cataracts, don't hesitate to call us at 718-306-9127 or book an appointment online. After all, the cloudy view can lead to a clearer perspective on life.