Cataract Evalutaions Specialist

Marina Kotlyar, OD -  - Optometrist

Marina Kotlyar, OD

Optometrist located in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY

If you have cataracts, it can be difficult to decide when to have them removed. Dr. Kotlyar offers in-depth cataract evaluations to help patients in Brooklyn, NY, understand their options and feel more confident in the decisions they make so they can enjoy optimal vision at every stage of life.


Why do cataracts form?

Cataracts develop when the eye's normally clear lens, located behind the iris, begins to “cloud up.” Cloudiness occurs when the proteins inside the lens clump together, blocking light from reaching the light-sensitive retina at the back of the eye. When light cannot reach the retina, it is unable to clearly interpret what we “see” so it can send those signals to the brain. As a result, vision becomes dimmer and colors become less vibrant. Cataracts can occur in one eye or both eyes, and they tend to occur in older people, although they can also be present at birth or they may be caused by trauma or by prolonged use of some types of medications. They're also more common among people who have diabetes.

Do I need to have my cataracts removed?

That depends on how clouded the lenses are and how well you can see and function with your cataract in place. Cataract evaluations can help determine whether you can wait to have surgery to remove your cataracts or whether having them removed right away will have a significant impact on your quality of life.

How are cataracts removed?

Cataract removal is a very safe procedure, and it's often one of the most commonly performed procedures in the U.S. It uses tiny incisions on the side of your eye to enable a special instrument to gently break apart and remove the clouded lens and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens- or IOL- so you can see more clearly.

What is the post-op recovery period like?

During your recovery period, you'll need to have eye exams to ensure the lens is seated properly and to ensure you don't develop an infection or other complication. Grand Vision Center provides state-of-the-art individualized follow-up care to ensure you have the best visual outcomes possible.


Major Insurance Accepted

Please take a look at the following list of plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Fidelis Care (NY)
Memorial Hermann
Multiplan PHCS