Bainbridge Eye Care
Optometry located in Bronx, NY
There are more than 16 million people worldwide who are blind due to cataracts. Cataract-related blindness is completely avoidable, however, especially with early diagnosis. At Bainbridge Eye Care in the Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City, the ocular specialists screen for and monitor cataracts to help you avoid progression and protect your eyesight. Book an appointment online or contact the office now. Walk-ins are welcome.
Cataracts Q & A
What causes cataracts?
The eye lens is mainly water and proteins. As you age, those proteins may break down and then stick together, which creates a cataract. The cataract can grow larger as more protein particles clump together. Most adults don't experience these changes in their eye lens until middle age. By age 60, most adults have some degree of lens cloudiness.
Other than aging, other possible causes of cataracts include:
- Family history of cataracts
- Systemic disease like diabetes
- Cigarette smoking
- Certain medications, including corticosteroids
- Ocular trauma
- Eye surgery
- Extended UV exposure without sunglasses
- Radiation treatments
While age-related cataracts typically develop very slowly over many years, other causes of cataracts can bring a more rapid onset.
How are cataracts diagnosed?
At Bainbridge Eye Care, screening for cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and other eye diseases is part of your regular comprehensive eye exams.
Your eye doctor can perform tests including a visual acuity test, slit lamp exam, and retinal exam to diagnose cataracts in their early stage.
How are cataracts treated?
Bainbridge Eye Care can help you slow down cataract growth. This starts with UV-blocking sunglasses, glasses, and contacts that protect your eyes. Often, keeping tabs on cataracts through regular eye exams is the only treatment needed for a long time.
If your cataracts grow and start causing vision issues, cataract removal is the only way to restore eyesight. During cataract removal, an ophthalmic surgeon removes your clouded eye lens and then uses an intraocular lens (IOL) to replace it.
IOLs come in a wide range of options today, so they can correct near vision, distance vision, astigmatism, or a combination of those refractive errors. If you choose a monofocal (one distance) IOL, you may still need to wear reading glasses after your cataract surgery.
Bainbridge Eye Care is here to help with early cataract detection, monitoring, and treatment recommendations customized for your needs. Call the office or use online booking to set up your appointment now.
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