Laser Cataract Surgery

Omar Shakir, MD, MBA -  - Ophthalmologist

Coastal Eye Surgeons

Omar Shakir, MD, MBA

Ophthalmologist & Fellowship Trained Retina Specialist located in Greenwich, CT

Cataracts cloud the vision of many older adults. Fortunately, this common vision problem is highly treatable. At Coastal Eye Surgeons in Greenwich, Connecticut, experienced ophthalmologist Omar Shakir, MD, MBA, screens for and treats cataracts using the latest techniques, including laser cataract surgery. Don’t ignore changes to your vision. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking tool.

Laser Cataract Surgery Q & A

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What are the symptoms of a cataract?

Cataracts make the lenses of your eyes cloudy, blurry, and foggy. The lenses of your eyes are normally clear and work like camera lenses. They focus light onto your retina so you can see clearly, but if you have a cataract, the lens can’t focus properly.

In addition to blurry, cloudy vision, signs and symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Colors appearing less bright and vivid
  • Sensitivity to glare from lamps, the sun, or headlights
  • Difficulties seeing at night
  • Problems reading, watching television, or seeing facial expressions
  • Halos around lights
  • Frequent need for stronger eyeglass prescription 

At first, you might not notice any changes to your vision. When cataracts are still small, you may be able to adapt. Dr. Shakir can discover cataracts during an eye exam before they cause any symptoms.

Cataracts require treatment when they start to interfere with your everyday life. If you’ve noticed any troubling changes to your vision, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shakir as soon as possible.

What causes cataracts to form?

Cataracts usually form as the result of normal, age-related changes to your eyes and are common among people age 60 and older. As you age, the proteins in the lenses start to break down and clump together, forming cloudy areas. When a cataract blocks your sight, it’s because you’re looking directly at the clumps of protein.

Though most cataracts are age-related, they may also form after eye injuries or because of genetic defects. You’re at a higher risk of developing cataracts if you have diabetes.

When do I need cataract surgery?

You don’t necessarily need surgery as soon as Dr. Shakir detects a cataract. Cataracts can interfere with your vision, but they don’t damage your eyes. Dr. Shakir recommends surgery to remove your cataract if nonsurgical adjustments like stronger prescription lenses and improved lighting aren’t enough to improve your vision. Typically, wait times for surgery with Dr. Shakir are less than four weeks. If you have cataracts in both eyes, you may not need surgery on both cataracts at the same time.

Cataract surgery is quick, safe, and effective. Dr. Shakir removes the lens with the cataract and replaces it with a clear artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). He performs the surgery at Greenwich Hospital, conveniently located near Coastal Eye Surgeons.

Dr. Shakir offers the latest in cataract surgery technology. He uses the latest laser system, the Johnson & Johnson CATALYS®, which is more precise and may result in better vision than traditional handheld cataract surgery. He also offers a full selection of IOLs, including models that can treat astigmatism and reduce or eliminate your need for glasses or contacts.

Don’t let cloudy, blurry vision wait. To get a diagnosis for vision changes or learn more about laser cataract surgery, call Coastal Eye Surgeons or use the online booking tool today.