June Is Cataract Awareness Month


Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization, dedicated to fighting blindness and preserving vision, has declared June as Cataract Awareness Month. This month-long awareness event helps raise awareness about cataracts, including educating the public on the signs and symptoms of a cataract and different surgery options available to patients.

According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for over 50 percent of world blindness.

Cataracts are a natural result of aging, and more than half of American adults will develop a cataract by the time they reach 80 years of age.

A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s lens. The lens is located behind the pupil, and it helps focus images on the retina, which transmits the images to the brain. A cataract blocks or alters the way the light enters the eye and results in images appearing blurry or cloudy.

At Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI), the laser cataract surgeons are committed to early diagnosis and providing the best lens implants based on a patient’s lifestyle.

Following a cataract diagnosis, the OCLI laser cataract surgeon will discuss the different lens implants available, and recommend the best implant based on a patient’s lifestyle. After cataract surgery, many patients can see clearly without the use of glasses or contacts.

“At OCLI, we are setting the standard in laser cataract surgery. We were the first ophthalmology practice in New York and one of the first practices in the United States to utilize the femtosecond laser for performing cataract removal,” said Eric Donnenfeld, MD, a founding partner of OCLI. “This breakthrough in technology can make the procedure more precise, more predictable, and better than ever before.”

Visit www.ocli.net for more information about cataract surgery.

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