Cataracts Specialist

Associated Eye Physicians

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists located in Clifton, Elizabeth, Pompton Lakes & Westfield, NJ

By the time you reach age 80, you will either have a cataract or have already undergone cataract surgery. For patients in Clifton and Elizabeth, New Jersey, and the surrounding communities, Alessandra Bertolucci, MD, and the team of experienced ophthalmologists Associated Eye Physicians provide state-of-the-art laser surgery to eliminate cataracts and correct your vision. Find out how you can see clearly after cataracts. Schedule an appointment by calling the office closest to you or booking online.

Cataracts Q & A

What are cataracts?

Cataracts occur when the normally clear lens in your eye becomes cloudy as a result of an abnormal buildup of tissue. It’s possible to develop different types of cataracts, including;

  • Nuclear cataracts that occur in the center of your lens
  • Cortical cataracts the develop as wedge-shaped formations around the outside of your lens
  • Subcapsular cataracts that form in the back of your lens
  • Congenital cataracts are the result of a birth defect or genetic disorder

In each case, cataracts typically begin very small and get larger over time. You may not even realize you have a cataract until it obscures your vision. Most cataracts are the result of aging or eye injuries that affect your lens.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Common signs that you may be developing cataracts in one or both eyes include:

  • Cloudy, blurry, or dim vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Colors that are less vibrant or seem to fade
  • Frequent changes in your eyeglasses or contact prescriptions
  • Halos around lights
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Need for a bright light when you read

Cataracts distort the light that passes through the lenses in your eyes. As cataracts grow in size, especially if they’re located in the center of your lens, they affect your ability to see clearly.

When should I see a doctor for cataracts?

If you have sudden vision changes or your symptoms affect your ability to perform daily tasks, you should see your eye doctor before the condition worsens. Dr. Bertolucci and the team of highly skilled physicians offer diagnostic testing to determine the extent of your cataracts and potential treatment options. They have many years of experience providing state-of-the-art surgical treatment with standard laser surgery and premium intraocular lenses — the most effective way to treat cataracts.

What can I expect from cataract surgery?

For many people, cataract surgery is extremely successful at restoring your vision. In fact, after cataract surgery, many patients no longer need to depend on their glasses to see clearly, because their vision is even better than it was before. During surgery, Dr. Bertolucci removes the clouded lens from your eye and replaces it with an intraocular lens (IOL).

Depending on your type of vision disorders, you can even get an advanced IOL that allows you to see at all distances. It’s essentially like having progressive lenses permanently in your eyes so you don’t have to wear reading glasses.

To learn more about treatments to restore your vision and remove cataracts, schedule a consultation by phone or using the online system.